Transcendentalism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old transcendentalism quotes, transcendentalism sayings, and transcendentalism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.     

Albert Einstein

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Nature provides exceptions to every rule.     

Margaret Fuller

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.     

Sai Baba

The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.     

James Anthony Froude

I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.     

Henry David Thoreau

As to the mental essence, we find it in infants devoid of every mental form.     

Avicenna

All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality.     

Amos Bronson Alcott

Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.     

George P. Baker

I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.     

Margaret Fuller

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.     

Henry David Thoreau

God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes much impression on him, and another none.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything.     

Emerson

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.     

Margaret Fuller

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.     

Emerson

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every man is the builder of a temple called his body.     

Henry David Thoreau

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.     

Louisa May Alcott

Self-trust is the first secret to success.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This whole earth in which we inhabit is but a point is space.     

Henry David Thoreau

In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.     

Henry David Thoreau

In absolute incommunicableness it stood apart, a thought, a system of thought which as yet had no symbol in spoken language.     

Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.     

Margaret Fuller