Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson


He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A fly is as untamable as a hyena.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A great man is always willing to be little.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man in debt is so far a slave.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson