Emerson Quotes

A collection of quotes from the Emerson essays I have read.

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self-Reliance

You shall not tell me by languages and titles a catalogue of the volumes you have read. You shall make me feel what periods you have lived.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – History

Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not. The same particle does not rise from the valley to the ridge. Its unity is only phenomenal. The persons who make up a nation to-day, next year die, and their experience with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self-Reliance

So I will owe to my friends this evanescent intercourse. I will receive from them not what they have but what they are. They shall give me that which properly they cannot give, but which emanates from them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Friendship

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under any other circumstances.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Love

Only be admonished by what you already see, not to strike leagues of friendships with cheap persons, where no friendship can be. Our impatience betrays us into rash and foolish alliances which no god attends. By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little you gain the great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Friendship