Favorite Quotations ~† Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance & Other Essays

"Every wall is a door." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Quiet Moment Writing Near the French Broad River

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. ~ Infinitude of the Private Man

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. ~ Culture, Behavior, Beauty...

In every workof genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs. ~ Power

Blame is safer than praise.

If you would lift me you must be on higher ground. ~ Culture, Behavior, Beauty...

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new. ~ Friendship

Belief consist in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

A man is a hero, not because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is brave for 10 minutes longer.

A day is a miniature eternity. ~ Journals

A garden has this advantage, that it makes it indifferent where you live.

Calmness is always godlike.

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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