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.


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.     

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

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Science does not know its debt to imagination.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.     

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

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are always getting ready to live but never living.     

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

We ask for long life, but 'tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in nature is bipolar, or has a positive and a negative pole.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have heard that whoever loves is in no condition old.     

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

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson