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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People disparage knowing and the intellectual life and urge doing. I am content with knowing if only I could know.

Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive and needs to be rich.

We are by nature observers and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.

Revolutions go not backward.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Every man has his own courage and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Every sentence spoken by Napoleon and every line of his writing deserves reading as it is the sense of France.

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.

Money often costs too much.

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.

I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching.

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

Little minds have little worries big minds have no time for worries.

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

The civilized man has built a coach but has lost the use of his feet.

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