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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To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Death comes to all but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

Nothing external to you has any power over you.

Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.

A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.

Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.

Genius always finds itself a century too early.

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation man would still be a beast in the forest.

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired so long as we can see far enough.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.

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

There is a tendency for things to right themselves.

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.

God enters by a private door into every individual.

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.

The value of a dollar is social as it is created by society.

It is a fact often observed that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion who cannot write well under other circumstances.

If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.

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