Quotes by: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Speak the truth, and all things alive or brute are vouchers, and the very roots of the grass underground there, do seem to stir and move to bear you witness.
Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.
We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.
The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.