Top 10 Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man is a new method.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn betrays its ancestor.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lover never sees personal resemblances in his mistress to her kindred or to others. His friends find in her a likeness to hermother, or her sisters, or to persons not of her blood. The lover sees no resemblance except to summer evenings and diamond mornings, to rainbows and the song of birds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics. Thus, "the whole is greater than its part;" "reaction is equal to action;" "the smallest weight may be made to lift the greatest, the difference of weight being compensated by time;" and many the like propositions, which have an ethical as well as physical sense. These propositions have a much more extensive and universal sense when applied to human life, than when confined to technical use.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of the illusoriness is in the necessity of a succession of moods or objects. Gladly we would anchor, but the anchorageis quicksand.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
We must be our own before we can be another's. 1
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best minds. Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they die outside.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Conversation is our account of ourselves...Conversation is the vent of character as well as thoughts...It is the laboratory of the student.