Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

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

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.

Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get the older you want to get.

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.

The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Truth is beautiful without doubt, but so are lies.

We must be our own before we can be another's.

Every fact is related on one side to sensation and on the other to morals. The game of thought is on the appearance of one of these two sides to find the other: given the upper to find the under side.

As we grow old the beauty steals inward.

Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.

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

The reason why the world lacks unity and lies broken and in heaps is because man is disunited with himself.

The years teach much which the days never know.

When nature has work to be done she creates a genius to do it.

Who hears me who understands me becomes mine a possession for all time.

Make yourself necessary to somebody.

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