Ralph Waldo Emerson? He’s a transcendentalist. It’s a big word, I admit it. But don’t get lost in the ins and outs of that confusingly gargantuan word. It’s circuitous, it’s elongated. But it means that people and nature are good. If people are good, then the words they create are good.
Emerson, for sure, created some good words. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the man himself: Ralph Waldo.
1. For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
2. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
3. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
4. The earth laughs in flowers.
5. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
6. Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
7. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
8. Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
9. It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
10. Always do what you are afraid to do.
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