Ralph Waldo Emerson Love Quotes and Sayings

Ralph Waldo Emerson Love Quotes and Sayings

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Ralph Waldo Emerson love quotes and Sayings

#1 Compensation

1. Love, and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.

#2 Address on The Method of Nature, 1841

2. 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.

3. Thou art to me a delicious torment.


Excerpt from Wikipedia: Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid 1800s. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.

Success, a poem, which is often attributed to Emerson but disputable

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.
This is to have succeeded.

Sayings by Ralph Waldo Emerson

#1 Journals, 11 November 1842

1. Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

2. The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

3. He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

#4 Compensation

4. A great man is always willing to be little.

5. A man is what he thinks about all day long.

#6-7 The Complete Works, 1904, Vol. X. Lectures and Biographical Sketches, V. Education

6. … adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience

7. Respect the child, respect him to the end, but also respect yourself. Be the companion of his thought, the friend of his friendship, the lover of his virtue, — but no kinsman of his sin.

#8 Journals, May 3, 1845

8. It is easy to live for others; everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.

9. As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

10. Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

#11 The American Scholar, 1837

11. Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary. The stream retreats to its source. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.

#12 Journals, 8 November 1838

12. Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

13. Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

14. Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.

#15 Think, Vol. 4-5, 1938, p. 32

15. Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn of him.

16. For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

17. For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

#18 Immortality

18. It is not length of life, but depth of life.

19. Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

20. Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.

21. Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

#22 Essays: First Series, 1841, Spiritual Laws

22. The ancestor of every action is a thought.

23. Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

24. People only see what they are prepared to see.

#25 Essays: Second Series, Gifts

25. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

#26-27 Essays: First Series, Friendship

26. The only way to have a friend is to be one.

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

28. This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

#29 Essays: First Series, 1841

29. Do what we can, summer will have its flies: if we walk in the woods, we must feed mosquitos: if we go a-fishing, we must expect a wet coat.

#30 Self-Reliance, 1847

30. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so.

31. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.

#32 The Conduct of Life, 1860, Culture

32. You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

33. Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.

#34 We Thank Thee

34. For this new morning with its light, Father, we thank Thee. For rest and shelter of the night, Father, we thank Thee. For health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends, Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

35. Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

36. It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

37. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

#38 Compensation

38. Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed.

39. To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.

40. Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

#41 Fortune of the Republic, 1878

41. What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.

#42 Essays: First Series, Art

42. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

43. Every wall is a door.

44. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

45. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

#46 An Address Delivered Before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday Evening, July 15, 1838

46. The man who renounces himself, comes to himself.

#47 The Conduct of Life, Chapter 6, Worship, p. 214

47. People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

#48 Lectures and biographical sketches (1883), p.116

48. Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.

#49 Journals, 20 December 1822

49. To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.

#50 Nature, 1836

50. The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.

51. Always do what you are afraid to do.

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