Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Born: May 25, 1803
  • Died: April 27, 1882
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Poet









Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, 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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[A Southerner is] as animal, given to pleasure, frivolous, irritable, spending his days in hunting and practicing with deadly weapons to defend himself against his slaves and against his companions brought up in the same idle and barbarous way …. I do not see how a barbarous community and a civilized community can constitute one state. I think we must get rid of slavery or we must get rid of freedom. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
[Describing the Republican Party:] ... the party of memory Liberals & Conservatives
… the highest proof of civility is, that the whole public action of the State is directed on securing the greatest good of the greatest number. Our Southern States have introduced confusion into the moral sentiments of their people, by reversing this rule in theory and practice, and denying a man's right to his labor. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
A cent is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity. Its value is in the necessities of the animal man. It is so much warmth, so much bread, so much water, so much land. Money, Coins & Minting
A certain degree of progress from the rudest state in which man is found,—a dweller in caves, or on trees, like an ape, a cannibal, an eater of pounded snails, worms, and offal,—a certain degree of progress from this extreme is called Civilization. Development & Growth
A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Policy & Policy Making
A good deal of our politics is psychological. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A man is the prisoner of his power. Power
A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking. Political Parties & Machines
All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position of nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive. Liberals & Conservatives
America is a country of young men. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
America should affirm and establish that in no instance should the guns go in advance of the perfect right. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
America. Emigration. In the distinctions of the genius of the American race it is to be considered that it is not indiscriminate masses of Europe that are shipped hitherward, but the Atlantic is a sieve through which only or chiefly the liberal, adventurous, sensitive, America-loving part of each city, clan, family are brought. It is the light complexion, the blue eyes of Europe that come: the black eyes, the black drop, the Europe of Europe, is left [in Europe]. Immigration & Emigration
An empire is an immense egotism. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. Leaders & Leadership
As gaslight is found to be the best nocturnal police, so the universe protects itself by pitiless publicity. Public Relations & Image
As to what we call the masses and the common men—there are no common men. All men are at last of a size. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Bank-notes rob the public, but are such a daily convenience that we silence our scruples, and make believe they are gold. Money, Coins & Minting
Be not the slave of your own past. Human Nature
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well Power
Brown’s execution will make the gallows as glorious as the cross. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Brownson never will stop and listen, neither in conversation, but what is more, not in solitude. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
But the real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. War & Peace
By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurl'd, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce? Miscellaneous
Civilization depends on morality. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Congress can, by edict, as a part of the military defense which it is the duty of Congress to provide, abolish slavery, and pay for such slaves as we ought to pay for. Then the slaves near our armies will come to us: those in the interior will know in a week what their rights are, and will, where opportunity offers, prepare to take them. Instantly, the armies that now confront you must run home to protect their estates, and must stay there, and your enemies will disappear. There can be no safety until this step is taken … Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors Democracies & Republics
Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. Democracies & Republics
Each nation grows after its own genius, and has a civilization of its own. Development & Growth
Emancipation at one stroke elevates the poor white of the South, and identifies his interest with that of the Northern laborer. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Emancipation is a demand of civilization. All else is intrigue. Freedom & Liberty
Emancipation is the demand of civilization. That is a principle; everything else is an intrigue. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side. Freedom & Liberty
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. Development & Growth
Every hero becomes a bore at last. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Every man I meet is in some way my superior. Miscellaneous
Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again it will solve the problem of the age. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side. Freedom & Liberty
Fear always springs from ignorance. Discrimination & Prejudice
Fear, Craft and Avarice Cannot rear a State. Leaders & Leadership
For what avail the plough or sail, / Or Land or life, if freedom fail? Freedom & Liberty
Free trade: certainly the interest of nations, but by no means the interest of certain towns and districts, which tariff feeds fat; and the eager interest of the few overpowers the apathetic general conviction of the many. Foreign Trade
George Minot [a Concord neighbor] thinks that it is of no use balloting, for it will not stay, but what you do with the gun will stay so. Voters, Voting & Elections
Good men must not obey the laws too well. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Government has been a fossil: it should be a plant. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Government has come to be a trade, and is managed solely on commercial principles. A man plunges into politics to make his fortune, and only cares that the world shall last his days. Management & Managing Government
Government, in which the majority rules in all things, cannot be based on justice. Justice & Injustice
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. Power
Greeley does the thinking for the whole West at $2 per year for his paper. Media, Journalism & The Press
He chose to be rich by making his wants few, and supplying them himself. Human Nature
He is great who confers most benefits. Patronage & Pork Barrel
Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right. Miscellaneous
Hitch your wagon to a star Human Nature
I count him a great man who inhabits a higher sphere of thought, into which other men rise with labor and difficulty; he has but to open his eyes to see things in a true light, and in large relations; whilst they must make painful corrections, and keep a vigilant eye on many sources of error. Leaders & Leadership
I grieve to see that the Government is governed by the hurrahs of the soldiers or the citizens. It does not lead opinion, but follows it. Public Opinion & Polling
I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have thought it a sufficient definition of civilization to say, it is the influence of good women. Minorities & Women
I see with joy the Irish emigrants landing at Boston, at New York, and say to myself, There they go—to school. Immigration & Emigration
If government knew how, I should like to see it check, not multiply the population. Development & Growth
If peace is to be maintained, it must be by brave men. War & Peace
If there is one universal test of national genius, it is success. Management & Managing Government
In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not. Human Nature
In analyzing history do not be too profound, for often the causes are quite superficial. History
In politics and in trade, bruisers and pirates are of better promise than talkers and clerks. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. Freedom & Liberty
Invention breeds invention. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. Media, Journalism & The Press
Justice satisfies everybody, and justice alone. Justice & Injustice
Labor: a man coins himself into his labor,—turns his day, his strength, his thought, his affection into some product which remains as the visible sign of his power; and to protect that, to secure that to him, to secure his past self to his future self, is the object of all government. There is no interest in any country so imperative as that of labor; it covers all, and constitutions and governments exist for that,—to protect and insure it to the laborer. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Let a man keep the law,—any law,—and his way will be strewn with satisfactions. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Life is no longer a contest of great minds for great ends, but a pot house squabble. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Man exists for his own sake and not to add a laborer to the State. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Man exists for his own sake, and not to add a laborer to the State. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered but schooled. Public Opinion & Polling
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner. Liberals & Conservatives
Men in power have no opinions, but may be had cheap for any opinion, for any purpose. Power
Men such as they are, very naturally seek money or power; and power because it is as good as money,--the “spoils,” so called, “of office.” And why not? For they aspire to the highest, and this, in their sleep-walking, they dream is highest. Wake them, and they shall quit the false good, and leap to the true, and leave governments to clerks and desks. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Money is of no value; it cannot spend itself. All depends on the skill of the spender. Budgets & Budgeting
Morality is the object of government. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
My angel,--his name is Freedom,-- Choose him to be your king; He shall cut pathways east and west, And fend you with his wing. Freedom & Liberty
Nations have lost their old omnipotence; the patriotic tie does not hold. Nations are getting obsolete, we go and live where we will. States. Nations & Nationhood
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
No man can have society upon his own terms. If he seeks it, he must serve it too. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. Negotiating & Negotiations
Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes. Taxes
One of our statesmen said, "The curse of this country is eloquent men. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
One weapon we hold which is sure. Congress can, by edict, as a part of the military defense which it is the duty of Congress to provide, abolish slavery, and pay for such slaves as we ought to pay for. Then the slaves near our armies will come to us: those in the interior will know in a week what their rights are, and will, where opportunity offers, prepare to take them. Instantly, the armies that now confront you must run home to protect their estates, and must stay there, and your enemies will disappear. There can be no safety until this step is taken. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Our people are slow to learn the wisdom of sending character instead of talent to Congress. Again and again they have sent a man of great acuteness, a fine scholar, a fine forensic orator, and some master of the brawls has crunched him up in his hands like a bit of paper. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
People say law but they mean wealth. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Piracy and war gave place to trade, politics and letters; the war-lord to the law-lord. Miscellaneous
Politics is a deleterious profession, like some poisonous handicrafts Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Poverty demoralizes. Poverty
Public opinion is a weak tyrant, compared with our private opinion--what a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate. Public Opinion & Polling
Revolutions do not go backward. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Sage and hero, side by side, Building for their sons the State Which they shall rule with pride Military & Veterans
Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Take egoism out and you would castrate the benefactors. Luther, Mirabeau, Napoleon, John Adams; and our nearer eminent public servants,—[Horace] Greeley, Theodore Parker, [Henry] Ward Beecher, Horace Mann, [William Lloyd] Garrison would lose their vigour. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Take from the United States the appointment of postmasters and let the towns elect them, and you deprive the Federal Government of half a million defenders. Patronage & Pork Barrel
That which we call sin in others, we call experiment in ourselves. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The [Civil] war is welcome to the Southerner: a chivalrous sport to him, like hunting, and suits his semi-civilized condition. On the climbing scale of' progress, he is just up to war, and has never appeared to such advantage as in the last twelve-month. It does not suit us. We are advanced some ages on the war-state,—to trade, art, and general cultivation. His laborer works for him at home, so that he loses no labor by the war. All our soldiers are laborers; so that the South, with its inferior numbers, is almost on a footing in effective war-population with the North. War & Peace ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The castle which conservatism is set to defend is the actual state of things, good and bad. Liberals & Conservatives
The conservative assumes sickness as a necessity, and his social frame is a hospital, his total legislation is for the present distress… Liberals & Conservatives
The democrat is a young conservative; the conservative is an old democrat. The aristocrat is the democrat ripe and gone to seed. Liberals & Conservatives
The end of all political struggle is to establish morality as the basis for all legislation. Legislating & Legislative Process
The evils of popular government appear greater than they are; there is compensation for them in the spirit and energy it awakens. Democracies & Republics
The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.
The force of character is cumulative. Human Nature
The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day, and cost us nothing. Energy
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand. History
The instinct of the people is right. Public Opinion & Polling
The law may do what it will with the owner of property, its just power will still attach to the cent. Money, Coins & Minting
The less government we have, the better—the fewer laws, and the less confided power. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The man in the street does not know a star in the sky. Space Exploration
The manhood that has been in war must be transferred to the cause of peace, before war can lose its charm, and peace be venerable to men. Arms Race & Disarmament
The martyr cannot be dishonored, every lash inflicted is a tongue of flame, every prison a more illustrious abode. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The more reason, the less government. Management & Managing Government
The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion. Public Opinion & Polling
The peace of the man who has forsworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace. Arms Race & Disarmament
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Human Nature
The Spartan principle of "calling that which is just, equal; not that which is equal, just. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops,—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops—no, but the kind of man the country turns out. Citizenship & Patriotism
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. Liberals & Conservatives
The United States will conquer Mexico, but it will be as the man swallows arsenic, which brings him down in turn. Mexico will poison us. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The vice of our leading parties ... is that they do not plant themselves on the deep and necessary grounds to which they are respectively entitled, but lash themselves to fury in the carrying out of some local and momentary measure, nowise useful to the commonwealth. Political Parties & Machines
The way to conquer the foreign artisan, is not to kill him, but to beat his work. Foreign Trade
The word liberty in the mouth of Mr. [Daniel] Webster sounds like the word love in the mouth of a courtesan. Freedom & Liberty
There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. Miscellaneous
There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many. Leaders & Leadership
There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
There is no practical question on which anything more than an approximate solution can be had. Policy & Policy Making
There is properly no history; only biography. History
This filthy enactment [the Fugitive Slave Law] was made in the nineteenth century, by people who could read and write. I will not obey it, by God. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: T'is but one step more to think one vote will do no harm. Voters, Voting & Elections
Times of Terror are Times of Eloquence Miscellaneous
To be great is to be misunderstood. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven Miscellaneous
To-day is holden at Worcester [MA] the "Woman's Convention." I think that as long as they have not equal rights of property and right of voting they are not on the right footing. Minorities & Women
Union is a delectable thing, and so is wealth, and so is life, but they may all cost too much, if they cost honour. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We have listened too long to the courtly Muses of Europe. States. Nations & Nationhood
We want a state of things in which crime will not pay. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
What a vicious practice is this of our politicians at Washington pairing off ["horse trading"]! As if one man who votes wrong, going away, could excuse you, who mean to vote right, for going away; as if your presence did not tell in more ways than in your vote. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Miscellaneous
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
When our young officers come back from the army, on a forty days' furlough, they find apathy and opposition in the cities. Military & Veterans
When you strike at a king, you must kill him. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist. Human Nature
Why are people so sensitive about the reputation of General [George] McClellan? There is always something rotten about a sensitive reputation. Besides, is not General McClellan an American citizen? And is it not the first attribute and distinction of an American to be abused and slandered as long as he is heard of? Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Words are also actions. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
You complain that Negroes are a base class. Who makes and keeps the Jew or the Negro base, who but you, who exclude them from the rights which others enjoy? Discrimination & Prejudice
You, sir, will bring down that renowned chair in which you sit into infamy if your seal is set to this instrument of perfidy; and the name of this nation, hitherto the sweet omen of religion and liberty, will stink to the world. Minorities & Women
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. Life
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Nature ;Friendship
A man in debt is so far a slave. Money, Coins & Minting
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. War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles. Money, Coins & Minting
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. Friendship
A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Nature ;Patience
All diseases run into one, old age.
All mankind love a lover. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into Heaven, into Hell.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Beauty without expression is boring.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Character is always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will speak out of stone walls.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. Death
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Earth laughs in flowers. Nature
Every artist was first an amateur. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both. Truth
Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. Truth
Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. War & Peace
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. Friendship
Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he. Life ;Death
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.
Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
I have lost my mental faculties but am perfectly well.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. Morning
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. Friendship
Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man. History
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.
Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Nature
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. Nature
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. Nature
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. Religion & God
No man ever prayed heartily without learning something. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
Our best thoughts come from others.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Time
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know. Life
Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the 'Not Me,' that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name, 'Nature.' Nature ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life. Life
Revolutions go not backward.
Science does not know its debt to imagination. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Speak the truth, and all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the grass underground there, do seem to stir and move to bear you witness. Truth
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles. Women
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
The first wealth is health. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
The highest revelation is that God is in every man. Religion & God
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
The method of nature: who could ever analyze it? Nature
The only way to have a friend is to be one. Friendship
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. War & Peace
The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
The reward of a thing well done is having done it.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear. Nature
The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society. Society
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Time
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. Truth
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
We are always getting ready to live but never living.
We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more. Time
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Inspiration
What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
What you are comes to you.
When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. Nature ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth, as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation. Truth ;Life ;Hope
Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.
Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
Without electricity, the air would rot.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. New Years
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.