20 FAV Quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.
  • Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
  • What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That is to have succeeded.
  • Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
  • The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
  • To fill the hour, and leave no crevice … that is happiness.
  • This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.
  • Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  • To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
  • A day is a miniature eternity.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
  • Character is that which can do without success.
  • What you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying.
  • Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect.
  • The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
  • No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
  • Do not be too timid and squeamish. … All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
  • It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.



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