Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) was an American writer, lecturer, philosopher and poet who directed the transcendentalist movement from the mid-19th century His teachings contributed to the development of the “New Thought” movement and disseminated his beliefs through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public conferences throughout the United States.
Thus, Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature." After this work, he delivered a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered the "Declaration of Intellectual Independence" of the United States.
Famous quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is behind you and what is in front of you pales in comparison to what is inside of you.
Don't go where the road takes you, go where there is no road and leave a trail.
Being yourself in a world that constantly tries to make you something else is the greatest achievement.
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
The creation of a thousand forests is inside an acorn.
You become what you think all day.
Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is being useful, being honorable, being compassionate and making a difference that you have lived and lived well.
To be big is to be misunderstood.
Nothing is really sacred, except the integrity of your own mind.
It is easy to live for others, everyone does. I ask you to live for yourself.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in the sunlight.
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.
If we meet a man of strange intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
Do not be pushed by your problems. Be guided by your dreams.
Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved a lot, who has earned the respect of children, who leaves the world better than he found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the beauty of the earth, He never stops looking for the best in others or giving his best.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be achieved through understanding.
Be silly. Be honest. Be nice
A great man is always willing to be small.
It is not the duration of life, but its depth.
Trust yourself: each heart vibrates with that iron cord.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
Don't be too shy and apprehensive about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you do, the better.
Although we travel all over the world to find beauty, we must take it with us, or we cannot find it.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Our main desire is someone who inspires us to be what we know we could be.
Shallow men believe in luck or circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five more minutes.
A friend is a person with whom I can be honest. In front of him I can think out loud.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Keep your free moments well. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems of a lifespan.
All artists were first fans.
Let me never fall into the vulgar error of dreaming that I am persecuted every time I am contradicted.
When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost, but the strongest things we can know.
When it's dark enough, you can see the stars.
Happiness is a perfume that cannot be spilled on others without first getting one for oneself.
Be yourself; Don't imitate another, be your best self. There is something you can do better than another. Listen to your inner voice and obey it bravely. Do things for which you are great, not for what you were never done.
The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have changed course in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from outside.
I can't remember the books I've read more than the meals I've eaten; Even so, they made me.
Live in the sun, swim in the sea, breathe the wild air.
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took shape. To be big is to be misunderstood.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kind smile, or the joy of companionship; It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to you when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
Do what you fear and the death of fear is certain.
My best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that you liked in all your readings like the sound of a trumpet.
The earth laughs at flowers.
In a library, we are surrounded by hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by a lovely paper and leather boxes.
Sadness looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.
Nothing can bring you peace, except yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of the principles.
People only see what they are willing to see.
Life is short, but there is always enough time for courtesy.
Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood.
For everything you have lost, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Common sense is a genius dressed in his work clothes.
Do not be the slave of your own past: immerse yourself in the sublime seas, immerse yourself in depth and nothing, so you will return with a new self-respect, with a new power and with a superior experience that will explain and overlook the old.
He who is in love is wise and he is becoming wiser, he sees every time he looks at the beloved object, he brings out the virtues he possesses with his eyes and mind.
Life is a series of surprises and it wouldn't be worth taking or saving it if it weren't.
Love, and you will be loved.
We are always preparing to live, but we never live.
None of us will achieve anything excellent or dominant except when he hears this whisper that only he will hear.
Beauty without expression is boring.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
Even in the mud and scum of things, there is always something, there is always melody.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so in the end, you are the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.
Years teach a lot, days you never know.
The secret of education lies in respecting the student. It is not your function to choose what he will learn, what he will do.
Be kind to your work, your word and your friend.
Fiction reveals the truth that reality obscures.
What is an herb? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
The wise man in the storm prays to God not for the safety of danger, but for the release of fear.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions that a good student would not miss.
Each wall is a door.
A child is a disheveled and dimpled lunatic.
The only person you are meant to be is the person you decide to be.
Of all the ways of losing a person, death is the kindest.
It is one of the blessings of the old friends; that you can afford to be stupid with them.
We acquire the strength of what we have overcome.
There is another reason to dress well, namely that dogs respect you, and they will not attack you with good clothes.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whichever course you choose, there is always someone who will tell you that you are wrong. Difficulties always arise that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. Tracing a course of action and following it to the end requires the same courage a soldier needs.
Peace has its victories, but brave men and women are needed to win them.
The ornament of a house are the friends who frequent it.
A silly consistency is the goblin of small minds.
You are constantly invited to be who you are.
Some books set us free and some books set us free.
Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to happen.
Life's a journey not a destination.
Without ambition, one does not start anything. Without work, one does not finish anything. The prize will not come to you. You have to win it.
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and thank you continuously. And because all things have contributed to your progress, you must include all things in your gratitude.
He adopts the rhythm of nature: his secret is patience.
Make the most of yourself ... because that's all you have.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
There is creative reading, as well as creative writing.
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and that's why I learn from him.
Nothing external to you has power over you.
Few people know how to take a walk. The requirements are resistance, simple clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, great curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing else.
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