40 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes To Fall In Love With

Ralph Waldo Emerson was more than just an American essayist. With his extraordinary gift as a writer, lecturer and a poet that extends well into our modern age, he was seen as a champion of individualism and according to Wikipedia, was a “prescient critic of countervailing pressures of society.”

He wrote on a number of subjects and published his landmark essay Nature in 1836. He went on to publish the book Essays that included his famous essay called Self Reliance, which beyond a shadow of a doubt is full of wisdom and timeless essay quotes.

So today on EMB we bring you some of the best quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson that we are certain you will fall in love with.

1.”Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2.”To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

4.”Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

5.”The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and you have lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6.”Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

7.”It is not the length of life, but the depth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

8th Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote to fall in love with – “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

9.”Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

10.”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.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11.”The only person you are destined to become is the person ou decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

12.”Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

14.”Make the most of yourself…for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

15.”Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you, you have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

16th Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote to fall in love with

40 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes To-Fall In Love With

17.”Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

18.”Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

19.”If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

20.”Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

21.”Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22.”The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

23rd Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote to fall in love with  “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

24.”Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

25″Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26.”People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

27th Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote to fall in love with

40 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes To Fall In-Love With

28.”You become what you think about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

29.”Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

30.”Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

32.”Finish every 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; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

33.”It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

34.”Nothing external to you has any power over you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

35.”The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

36th Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote to fall in love with – “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

37.”Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

38.”Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

40.”Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Your turn

  • Which quote resonated with you the most?
  • What other Ralp Waldo Emerson quotes would you add to this list?

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About Yvonne I. Wilson (774 Articles)
Yvonne is a positive thinker, a catalyst for change, and a conduit through which holistic healing takes place and destiny is fulfilled. Her ministry through her blog, Empowerment Moments, came at a very low point in her life and was born out of much adversity, persecution, physical abuses, and rejection to the point of her being suicidal. She was left feeling defeated and shrunk back by fear. But through some miraculous means, God has given her pain purpose and a unique voice through which He speaks to touch the untouchable, to reach the unreachable and to empower, inspire, motivate, encourage and uplift the hurting and spiritually wounded to bring about healing and wholeness - mind, body, soul and spirit, one person at a time.

12 Comments on 40 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes To Fall In Love With

  1. All the quotes are awesome. Thanks!

    I particularly love ”It is not the length of life, but the depth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Few more in the below articles:

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  2. I love Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes. Probably my favourites ones are the first two: ”Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true” and ”To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” I resonate with his teachings about self reliance, for me it is about self-love and self-acceptance.
    I also resonate with his quote “ You become what you think all day long”. It is the basis of the now popular teachings of the law of attraction.

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  3. Abraham king // May 6, 2017 at 11:30 am // Reply

    RALPH WALDO EMERSON was simply a PEN in the hand of the Almighty.

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  4. laura tumblety // February 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm // Reply

    Hello all! #8 is so beautiful in its simplicity: all I have seen allows me to trust in a creator for all I have not seen. I need to focus on #I6 and adopt the pace of nature and wish to share a W.E quoteI have carried I my purse since 1997 that resonated with me then and now: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do It now. let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
    Each day becomes an opportunity to find time to do a good deed for a person, animal or insect, its freeing and powerful for me and I hope you enjoy it too.

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  5. Hi Yvonne

    What awesome quotes from Ralph. He is just an inspiration.

    I love these quotes and it is hard for me to pick a favorite.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

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  6. Hi Yvonne, I like Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes, they all are good to think about 🙂
    My favorite is Nr. 4”Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
    Thank you for putting together all this beautiful quotes and videos .

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    • Hi Erika

      Lovely quotes indeed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Glad you love them. There is so much inspiration, motivation and empowerment that comes through such quotes. Sounds like a strategic move to me in #4 – not going where the path may lead. It suggests tapping into each other’s own creativity and to become our own brand, pioneer and industry leaders on many things.

      Have a great day/weekend. Be blessed. 🙂


  7. Pastor Ava Baird // January 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm // Reply

    ”You become what you think about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson….So true. Therefore we need to think on things that are profitable and inspiring. Great quotes!!

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    • Hi Pastor Ava

      Glad you enjoyed the collection of quotes. The one you highlighted is one of my favorite. That can also be linked to scripture that says “as a man thinketh in heart so is he.” We benefit more in life when we think on positive things and the things that edify, encourage and uplift our spirit.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day. Cheers! 🙂


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