Quotes by: Ralph Waldo Emerson
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
The intuition of the moral sentiment is an insight of the perfection of the laws of the soul. These laws execute themselves. They are out of time, out of space, and not subject to circumstance.
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.