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.


Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.     

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is always safety in valor.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.     

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; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-command is the main discipline.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is always willing to be little.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.     

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

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson