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Top 35 Best Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes About Life

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1. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”


2. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”


3. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”


4. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”


5. “Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.”


6. “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”


7. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”


8. “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”


9. “Every artist was first an amateur.”


10. “You became what you think about all day long.”“There is a relation between the hours of our life and the centuries of time.”


11. “But Homer’s words are as costly and admirable to Homer, as Agamemnon’s victories are to Agamemnon”


12. “People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”


13. “The stars have us to bed: Night draws the curtain; which the sun withdraws. Music”


14. “In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth.”


15. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”


16. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”


17. “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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”


18. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”


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


20. “Always do what you are afraid to do.”


21. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


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22. “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”


23. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”


24. “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”


25. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”


26. “Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”


27. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”


28. “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”


29. “Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”


30. “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”


31. “The earth laughs in flowers.”


32. “It is not the length of life, but the depth.”


33. “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”


34. “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.


There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”


35. Envy is ignorance, Imitation is Suicide.

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