Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American writer and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century. He was an individualist, propagating his ideas through his extensive publications and also through more than 1,500 lectures delivered all over the United States. Here are some top quotes by Emerson.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
It is not the length of life, but the depth.
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