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To be yourself in a world that
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- 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 PHOTO

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

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

 

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

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

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

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

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- 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

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

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

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

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you are comes to you.
- 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

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

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

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

Music takes us out of the actual
and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are wiser than we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Hitch your wagon to a star.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

What you do speaks so loudly
that I cannot hear what you say.
- 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

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Judge your natural character
by what you do in your dreams.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For every minute you remain angry,
you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Little minds have little worries,
big minds have no time for worries.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For everything you have missed,
you have gained something else,
and for everything you gain,
you lose something else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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