15 Inspiring Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a famous American essayist, philosopher and poet from the 1800s.  His essay “Self-Reliance” is perhaps his most well-known work.  Emerson believed in nonconformity and in a person’s ability to create his or her own reality. He is well known for his  inspirational quotes on the nature of reality, and the path to success and fulfillment.

Below are 15 of the most inspiring quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I hope you enjoy them!

1. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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

3. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

4. For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

5. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

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

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

8. Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

9. Every artist was first an amateur.

10. The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

11. Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

12. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

13. Every wall is a door.

14. Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.

15. Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

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  • Dana
    Posted May 25, 2015 6:41 pm 0Likes

    RWE is my favorite writer and my fave work of his is Self Reliance.

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted May 26, 2015 1:24 pm 0Likes

    Yes Dana! He’s great 🙂 He had a way with words!

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