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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It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

The earth laughs in flowers.

Every wall is a door.

The reason why men do not obey us is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.

Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

I have no hostility to nature but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.

Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.

It is my desire in the office of a Christian minister to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this I have said all.

The world is all gates all opportunities strings of tension waiting to be struck.

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

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old but of the natural.

There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right, and again making all crime mean and ugly.

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.

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