Ralph Waldo Emerson

US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

Children are all foreigners.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Give all to love; obey thy heart.

Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

The less government we have the better.

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

The people are to be taken in very small doses.

We become what we think about all day long.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

I hate quotations.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.

The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

The world belongs to the energetic.