Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

** Bear in mind, I am not a professional quote-collector; merely a sloppy (but determined) amateur. Over a period of about 20 years, I’ve created  a ‘Quotations’ document that now runs to 135 pages…& it’s always growing. These Emerson quotations are just what came up when I did a ‘Find’ on Emerson in the document. 

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson American writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

“Do not follow where the path may lead…go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) 

“Life consists of what a person is thinking about all day.” ~ Emerson

“The crime which bankrupts men and nations is that of turning aside from one’s main purpose to serve a job here and there.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and philosopher (1803-1882) 

“Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit… No truth so sublime but it may be trivial tomorrow in the light of new thoughts.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

On Success: “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson