Who was Emerson?
Ralph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882) was an American philosopher, essayist, and poet who was the leader of the transcendentalist movement in the mid-19th century. Transcendentalism was a collection of new ideas about literature, religion, culture, and philosophy that originated in New England. One of the main beliefs of transcendentalism was that there was an ideal spiritual state which transcended the material world and could be realized through intuition only, and not through studying religious doctrine.
Emerson believed that all things were one, and that we were all connected to God. His views were therefor radical at the time. He believed that God did not have to reveal truth, but that truth could be directly experienced from nature on an intuitive level.
Emerson's essay Nature is considered to be the event that marked the beginning of transcendentalism as a major cultural movement. At the end of the essay he calls for a revolution in human consciousness. Emerson also made a speech called The American Scholar which became famous.
Emerson's views is thus very much in line with my own, and I am admire him. His life and quotes is an inspiration to me, so I decided to dedicate this website to him.
I hope you enjoy the below Emerson quotes as much as I do.
“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“What you are comes to you”
“Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.”
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
“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 well and serenely...”
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
“We must be our own before we can be another's.”
“Make yourself necessary to somebody.”
“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are always getting ready to live, but never living”
“Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.”
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
“What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.”
“Thou art to me a delicious torment.”
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
“Every artist was first an amateur.”
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
“We are wiser than we know.”
“As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.”
“Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.”
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.”
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
“The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles
“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
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