In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
More quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.
Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you?
Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.
More quotes about Wisdom
To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.
As long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.
I finished my first book seventy-six years ago. I offered it to every publisher on the English-speaking earth I had ever heard of. Their refusals were unanimous: and it did not get into print until, fifty years later; publishers would publish anything that had my name on it.
Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas: I wish, however, that the instrument might be less apt to decay, and that signs might be permanent, like the things they denote.
He’s a man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
We must not inquire too curiously into motives… They are apt to become feeble in the utterance: the aroma is mixed with the grosser air. We must keep the germinating grain away from the light.
More than once I had seen a noble who had gotten his enemy at a disadvantage stop to pray before cutting his throat.
The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding.
Once you truly understand that it is okay to lose or fail, you are free, you have nothing to fear, and only then, can nothing in this world hold you back.