Ralph Waldo Emerson Sayings and Quotes

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


The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, pain and hunger.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing and you will have the power.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of chance.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing you are afraid to do, and the death of fear is certain.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is darkest, we can see the stars.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is another name for opportunity.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Indeed the river is a perpetual gala, and boasts each month a new ornament.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The river knows the way to the sea: Without a pilot it runs and falls, Blessing all lands with its charity.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson