Ralph Waldo Emerson – Quotes.

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

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

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

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

My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle.

If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.

It is an amiable illusion, which the shape of our planet prompts, that every man is at the top of the world.

Finish every day and be done with it. For manners and for wise living it is a vice to remember. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. To-morrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

A man is made by the books he reads.

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.

Salvation would not be a question of accepting a creed, but of acquiring insight.

. . . and my favorite of all, mis-attributed to RWE, Success is:

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.

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