Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

American author, poet
25 May 1803 — 27 April 1882

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Self-trust is the first secret of success.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

Every artist was first an amateur.

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Always do what you are afraid to do.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Traveling is a fool`s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

Everything in the universe goes by indirection. There are no straight lines.

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

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