I have been reading a collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s greatest works here and there recently and because I am so in love with his work I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from him.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
“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.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
I could probably go on forever, but I hope that these quotes encourage you, make you think, and make you want to read Emerson. His work inspires me and his carefully crafted, enthusiastic words on Nature make me want to be out in it more and more.
Read, read, read and enjoy! 🙂
Sending kind thoughts and prayers your way. I appreciate you and hope you have a wonderful day. Live well!