Published on July 1st, 2009 | by Yellow Magpie2
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: Words From The Lecturer, Essayist And Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
Here is a choice selection of Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes.
‘Always do well what you are afraid to do.’
‘A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.’
‘All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.’
‘Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.’
‘Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.’
‘Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.’
‘Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.’
‘The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.’
‘Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.’
‘The ancestor of every action is a thought.’
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