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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

(1803-1882), American Poet, Essayist

Act, if you like, but you do it at your peril. Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.

Category: Action

A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.

Category: Action

Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?.

Category: Action

The ancestor of every action is thought.

Category: Action

The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.

Category: Adventure

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine

Category: Adversity

A man is a god in ruins.

Category: Adversity

Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.

Category: Adversity

The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.

Category: Affection

Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then takes a young heart heating under fourscore winters.

Category: Age And Aging

We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.

Category: Age And Aging

We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Category: Aid And Assistance

There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.

Category: Ambition

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.

Category: America