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.


All promise outruns performance.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth laughs in flowers.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Them meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insist upon yourself. Be original.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do your work, but do your thing.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is what he thinks about all day long.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet; for tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; for song of bird, and hum of bee; for all things fair we hear or see, father in heaven, we thank Thee!     

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God enters by a private door into every individual.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson