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.


Character is higher than intellect.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can't hear what you're saying.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our faith comes in moments... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.     

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

Life is a progress, and not a station.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the length of life, but depth of life.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in one's own sunshine.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air's salubrity.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.     

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

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.     

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What school, college, or lecture bring men depends on what men bring to carry it home in.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are what their mothers made them.     

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

People only see what they are prepared to see.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson