Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, --- that is genius. Speak your latent convictions and it shall be the universal sense." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. It is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Society is a joint stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators but names and customs." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you shall have the suffrage of the world." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is often my constitution, the only wrong what is against it." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"My life is for itself and not for a spectacle." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to love after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force. It loses your times and blurs the impression of your character." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Do your work and I shall know you. Do your work and you shall reinforce yourself. A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be great is to be misunderstood." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little mind, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divine." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, thought it contradict everything you said today." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 "A character is like an acoustic or Alexandrian stanza; -- read it forward, backward or across it still spells the same thing." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Greatness appeals to the future." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Insist on yourself; never imitate." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"For everything that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Your genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly and what you have already done singly will justify you now." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"He who knows that power is inborn, that he is weak because he has looked for good out of him and elsewhere and so perceiving, throws himself unhesitatingly on his thought, instantly rights himself, stands in the erect position, commands his limbs, works miracles; just as a man who stands on his feet is stronger than a man who stands on his head." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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