38 Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson On Everything From Health To Success

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Have you ever pondered the advice of the great author and humorist Ralph Waldo Emerson?

His words range from straightforward encouragement to the strange, the unsettling and the downright funny.

here are 38 quotes from Emerson, along with links to where you can learn more about him.

Be comfortable in your own skin. You are who you are, and you’re the person you’re going to be.

Listen to yourself. Try not to believe everything you think.

Put down your pens and read some good books.

I know the plan I have for you and you know the plan you have for you.

Live the life you want to live.

Be like a wild duck. Always look for a new way, if you think you’re working in the old way.

In other words, don’t just pretend to be happy all the time. Try to be happy.

Whenever I hear anybody complain about their lot in life I think: In the grave they’ve been lowered into.

Just remember: there are no friends, only acquaintances.

Do not let words corrupt you.

I am much too delicate to have any real friends. It is to be pitied that man is not capable of ever forming such a love as friendship.

Don’t hurry to find a passion or a reason for living; but do not spend your life being discouraged.

No man is ever really happy but he may make himself believe he is.

Life is simple in a way but very hard in a way. The hard part is it takes quite a lot of living to learn the simple truth.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

A man who does not read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.

I used to think I could understand women. Now I realize I know nothing.

Everybody has a good instinct for doing the right thing, but nobody knows what it is.

Some advice is good. Most advice is bad.

Remember this truth: whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

When I was young I wished to be a preacher. Now that I am old, I wish to be a philosopher.

To accept life with enthusiasm instead of fear is to accept responsibility for your own happiness.

There is no happiness so complete that it cannot be interrupted.

The only thing a man must learn is how to leave the world.

Love the life you live, not the possessions you have.

You can’t let your mind work the way you believe it should work.

There is nothing new under the sun.

To make a world of one’s own, one must leave the world of one’s own.

Character is destiny.

Some people are what we call “lightweights” — they are no problem to us, and they’re never going to make it.

Every man’s life ends the same way, in the dirt.

Never forget that even when you have great wealth, you are only one man and there are many in this world who have nothing.

I look for reasons, not excuses.

You’ve got to stay in touch with reality. You have to read good books, to talk to good friends, and to take walks in the woods.

Learn something every day.

Love is a gentle thing that gives you strength.

I prefer to lose with dignity than to win dishonorably.

Difficulties are the journey to something; in a straight line is an — impossible destination.

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