Quotes by: Ralph Waldo Emerson
As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed into Heaven, into Hell.
I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the 'Not Me,' that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name, 'Nature.'
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.