Ralph Waldo Emerson (Writer)

#4468 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about time
#4469 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about eyes
#4470 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about dream
#4472 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children are all foreigners. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about children
#4473 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about person
#4474 Ralph Waldo Emerson

He needs no library, for he has not done thinking; no church, for he is himself a prophet; no statute book, for he hath the Lawgiver; no money, for he is value itself; no road, for he is at home where he is. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about money
#4475 Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I made laws for Shakers or a school, I should gazette every Saturday all the words they were wont to use in reporting religious experience, as “spiritual life,” “God,” “soul,” “cross,” etc., and if they could not find new ones next week, they might remain silent. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about life
#4476 Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easy to live for others; everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about live
#4477 Ralph Waldo Emerson

You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about power
#4478 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about life
#4480 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about quote
#4481 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about poetry
#4482 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I owed a magnificent day to the . It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about books
#4484 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessed are those who have no talent! .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about talent
#4485 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The word liberty in the mouth of Mr. Webster sounds like the word love in the mouth of a courtesan. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about love
#4486 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must. If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about trust
#4487 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about action
#4488 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have been writing & speaking what were once called novelties, for twenty five or thirty years, & have not now one disciple. Why? Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but because it did not go from any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves. I delight in driving them from me. What could I do, if they came to me? — they would interrupt and encumber me. This is my boast that I have no school & no follower. I should account it a measure of the impurity of insight, if it did not create independence. .

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#4489 Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about men
#4490 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generation beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe. Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about philosophy
#4491 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put. He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about life
#4492 Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about beauty
#4493 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about wisdom
#4494 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about mind
#4495 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men's farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title. To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. 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 . His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about love
#4496 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about art
#4497 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is the mark God sets upon virtue. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about virtue
#4498 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about health
#4499 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about spiritual
#4500 Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are, like Nebuchadnezzar, dethroned, bereft of reason, and eating grass like an ox. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about reason
#4501 Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a god in ruins. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about god
#4502 Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about society
#4503 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The state of society is one in which the members have suffered amputation from the trunk, and strut about so many walking monsters,—a good finger, a neck, a stomach, an elbow, but never a man. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about society
#4504 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The soul active sees absolute truth; and utters truth, or creates. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about truth
#4505 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Butlooks forward: the eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about hope
#4506 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is always sufficiently the enemy of genius by over influence. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about genius
#4507 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man Thinking must not be subdued by his instruments. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about men
#4508 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course, he who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about wisdom
#4509 Ralph Waldo Emerson

is our dictionary. .

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#4510 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success treads on every right step. For the instinct is sure, that prompts him to tell his brother what he thinks. He then learns, that in going down into the secrets of his own mind, he has descended into the secrets of all minds. He learns that he who has mastered any law in his private thoughts, is master to that extent of all men whose language he speaks, and of all into whose language his own can be translated. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about mind
#4511 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wherever Macdonald sits, there is the head of the table. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson
#4512 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The soul is subject to dollars. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about soul
#4513 Ralph Waldo Emerson

In how many churches, by how many prophets, tell me, is man made sensible that he is an infinite Soul; that the earth and heavens are passing into his mind; that he is drinking forever the soul of God? .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about art
#4514 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature, and you know not yet how a globule of sap ascends; in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all, it is for you to dare all. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about nature
#4515 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had better never see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about war
#4516 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect...A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about soul
#4517 Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would we really know the meaning of? The meal in the firkin; the milk in the pan; the ballad in the street; the news of the boat; the glance of the eye; the form and the gait of the body; — show me the ultimate reason of these matters; show me the sublime presence of the highest spiritual cause lurking, as always it does lurk, in these suburbs and extremities of nature; let me see every trifle bristling with the polarity that ranges it instantly on an eternal law; and the shop, the plough, and the ledger, referred to the like cause by which light undulates and poets sing; — and the world lies no longer a dull miscellany and lumber-room, but has form and order; there is no trifle; there is no puzzle; but one design unites and animates the farthest pinnacle and the lowest trench. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about art
#4518 Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about world
#4519 Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about time
#4520 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Address to the Literary Societes of Dartmouth College (24 July 1838) .

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