Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children are all foreigners.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Give all to love; obey thy heart.

Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

The less government we have the better.

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.

Being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of tranquility that religion is powerless to bestow.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

The people are to be taken in very small doses.

We become what we think about all day long.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

I hate quotations.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.

The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

The world belongs to the energetic.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines.

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.