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Do not follow where the path may lead.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Build a better mousetrap
and the world will beat a path to your door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A chief event of life is the day in which
we have encountered a mind that startled us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Win as if you were used to it,
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is at last sacred, but the integrity of your own mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing you fear,
and death of fear is certain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words are also actions,
and actions are a kind of words.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always do what you are afraid to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the shadows of life are caused
by standing in our own sunshine.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sum of wisdom is that
time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

What you are comes to you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces
that incessantly draw great events.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust your instinct to the end,
though you can render no reason.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom has its root in goodness,
not goodness its root in wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we have arrived at the question,
the answer is already near.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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