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Ralph Waldo Emerson


by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered. "
From "Fortune of the Republic"

"He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses."
From "The Method Of Nature"

"Self-reliance, the height and perfection of man, is reliance on God. "
From "The Fugitive Slave Law"

"Nothing can be preserved that is not good."
From "Praise of Books"

"Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity."
From "Parnassus, Preface"

"There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love."
From "Parnassus, Preface"

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."
From his journal

"Blessed are those who have no talent!"
From his journal

"I have been writing and speaking what were once called novelties, for twenty five or thirty year, and have not now one disciple. Why? Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but because it did not go from any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves. I delight in driving them from me. What could I do, if they came to me? - they would interrupt and encumber me. This is my boast that I have no school & no follower. I should account it a measure of the impurity of insight, if it did not create independence. "
From his journal

"Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact."
From "Nature"

"The ancestor of every action is a thought."
From "Nature"

"Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, - else it is none."
From "Self-Reliance"

"Henceforward I am the truth's. Be it known unto you that henceforward I obey no law less than the eternal law."
From "Self-Reliance"

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud."
From "Friendship"

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
From "Friendship"

"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great."
From "Prudence"

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