Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • To be great is to be misunderstood
  • Insist on yourself; never imitate
  • Not the sun or the summer anon but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight
  • We are wiser than we know
  • There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance, and imitation is suicide.
  • Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of everyone of its members.
  • whoso would be a man would be a nonconformist
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds
  • The sun illumminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of a child.
  • Things are in the saddle and often ride mankind
  • If a man carefully examines his thoughts, he will be surprised to find out how much he lives in the future. His well being is always ahead.
  • Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
  • The soul's emphasis is always right
  • Great men exist that there may be greater men
  • My life is for itself and not for a spectacle
  • Trust thyself: every heart vibrartes to that iron string
  • Popularity is for dolls; a hero cannot be popular
  • The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of educations
  • For nonconformity, the world whips you with displeasure
  • To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society
  • I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man
  • Go alone, refuse the good models, even thosewhich are sacred in the imagintions of men
  • The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keep with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude
  • It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the indpendence of solitude.