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.


Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are respectable only as they respect.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -he has changed his market -cart into a chariot of the sun.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.     

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

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We acquire the strength we have overcome.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are what their mothers made them.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All writing comes by the grace of God.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson