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.


Every hero becomes a bore at last.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The youth, intoxicated with his admiration of a hero, fails to see, that it is only a projection of his own soul, which he admires.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We acquire the strength we have overcome.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pride ruined the angels.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a progress, and not a station.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We change, whether we like it or not.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make yourself necessary to the world and mankind will give you bread.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is entitled to be valued by his best moment.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All promise outruns performance.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much of human life is lost in waiting.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson