Motivational Quotes by the famous American
Essayist, poet and author Ralph Waldo Emerson
born Ralph Waldo Emerson - Boston,
Massachusetts, United States of America -
25th of May, 1803 / Died 27th of April, 1882
Ralph Waldo Emerson is a widely quoted a revered
essayist, public speaker and poet. He was
a major player in the Transcendentalist movement.
Two of his more popular publications include
"The Conduct of Life" and "Society
+ Do not be too timid and squeamish about your
actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments
you make the better.
+ Every man I meet is in some way my superior;
and in that I can learn of him.
+ Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of
dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
+ Life is a succession of lessons which must be
lived to be understood.
+ People seem not to see that their opinion of
the world is also a confession of character.
+ A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little
minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers
and divines. With consistency a great soul has
simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself
with his shadow on the wall.
+ Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words,
and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks
+ Unless you try to do something beyond what you
have already mastered, you will never grow.
+ Never read any book that is not a year old.
+ Most persons do not see the sun. At least they
have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates
only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye
and the heart of the child. The lover of nature
is he whose inward and outward senses are still
truly adjusted to each other; who has retained
the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes
part of his daily food.
+ The reward of a thing well done, is to have
+ Solvency is maintained by means of a national
debt, on the principle, "If you will not
lend me the money, how can I pay you?"
+ Do not yet see, that, if the single man plant
himself indomitably on his instincts, and there
abide, the huge world will come round to him.
+ Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.
Your goodness must have some edge to it, else
it is none. The doctrine of hatred must be preached
as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when
that pules and whines.
+ Congratulate yourselves if you have done something
strange and extravagant and broken the monotony
of a decorous age.
+ Place yourself in the middle of the stream of
power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats,
and you are without effort impelled to truth,
to right and a perfect contentment.