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Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Top 10 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotations

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who is widely considered to be one of the central figures in the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. His essays, notably 'Self-Reliance' and 'Nature', articulate a clear expression of individualism, non-conformity, and the profound connection between man and the natural world. Emerson championed the value of individual intuition over institutional doctrine and encouraged readers to trust their own instincts and beliefs. His thoughts had a profound influence on American literature, shaping the works of many writers who followed.

top 10 quotations 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

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

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

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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 lived well." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Life is a journey, not a destination." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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