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.


How much of human life is lost in waiting.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imitation is suicide.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir tree.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For Destiny never swerves nor yields to men the helm.      

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is always willing to be little.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is known by the books he reads.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science does not know its debt to imagination.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concentration is the secret of strengths in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is darkest, men see the stars.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear to us are those who love us but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pictures must not be too picturesque.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you peace but 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