Top 10 Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go out of the house to see the moon, and 't is mere tinsel; it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey. The beauty that shimmers in the yellow afternoons of October, who could ever clutch it? Go forth to find it, and it is gone: 't is only a mirage as you look from the windows of diligence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
In talking with scholars, I observe that they lost on ruder companions those years of boyhood which alone could give imaginative literature a religious and infinite quality in their esteem.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the young mind, every thing is individual, stands by itself. By and by, it finds how to join two things, and see in them one nature; then three, then three thousand; and so, tyrannized over by its own unifying instinct, it goes on tying things together, diminishing anomalies, discovering roots running underground, whereby contrary and remote things cohere, and flower out from one stem.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Culture is one thing and varnish is another.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
But whoso is heroic will always find crises to try his edge.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius appeals to the future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Human society is made up of partialities. Each citizen has an interest and a view of his own, which, if followed out to the extreme, would leave no room for any other citizen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

With thought, with the ideal, is immortal hilarity, the rose of joy. Round it all the muses sing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any relation to the land, the habit of tilling it, or mining it, or even hunting on it, generates the feeling of patriotism. He who keeps shop on it, or he who merely uses it as a support to his desk and ledger, or to his manufactory, values it less.