Ralph Waldo Emerson
Born: May 25, 1803 – Boston
Died: April 27, 1882 – Concord
Profession: American Essayist, Lecturer, and Poet wiki
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American poet and philosopher. He brought forth a concept known as transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is the idea of personal responsibility and individuality. Emerson urged others to be the greatest versions of themselves. Emerson wrote several famous essays and poems including; Self-Reliance, The Over-Soul, Circles, The Poet and Experience. Emerson’s ideas are still relevant and inspiring, even today.
30 Classic Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotations
1. Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
2. Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
3. Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.
4. To be great is to be misunderstood.
5. We must be our own before we can be another’s.
6. What you are comes to you.
7. A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
8. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
9. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
10. A great man is always willing to be little.
11. A man is what he thinks about all day long.
12. A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
13. Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors seem ridiculous.
14. The God of Victory is said to be one-handed, but Peace gives victory to both sides.
15. The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
16. The wise man in a storm prays to God, not for safety from danger; but for deliverance from fear.
17. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
18. Trust thyself.
19. A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
20. A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
21. Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
22. Children are all foreigners.
23. Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
24. Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
25. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
26. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
27. Every sweet has its sour, every evil its good.
28. Fate is nothing but deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
29. Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed.
30. Men are what their mothers made them.