Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Guard your own spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds."


Rating: 7.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Live, let live, and help live."


Rating: 9.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If we find a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"We are always getting ready to live, but never living."


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, First Series"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, Second Series"

Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"To be great is to be misunderstood."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, First Series"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within sleep."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, Second Series"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A man's fortunes are the fruit of his character. A man's friends are his magnetisms."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays, First Series"

Rating: 3.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Some play at chess, some at cards, some at the Stock Exchange. I prefer to play at Cause and Effect."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

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


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Cause and effect, the chancellors of God."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"All diseases run into one: old age."


Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Common sense is genius dressed up in work clothes."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Never try to make anyone like yourself. You know, and God knows, that one of you is enough."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Conduct of Life"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Cause and effect are two sides of one fact."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays: First Series"

Rating: 8.83 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition."


Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Men are what their mothers made them."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great."


Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There are two classes of poets: the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love."


Rating: 1.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A man is made by the books he reads."


Rating: 7.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Art is a jealous mistress."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 1.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 7.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Letters and Social Aims"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Lectures and Biographical Sketches"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Letters and Social Aims"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"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."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Society and Solitude"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)