Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Page 8

18070 views
2250 quotes
That second man has his own way of looking at things; asks himself which debt must I pay first, the debt to the rich, or the debt to the poor? the debt of money, or the debt of thought to mankind, of genius to nature? For you, O broker! there is no other principle but arithmetic. For me, commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred; nor can I detach one duty, like you, from all other duties, and concentrate my forces mechanically on the payment of moneys. Let me live onward; you shall find that, though slower, the progress of my character will liquidate all these debts without injustice to higher claims. If a man should dedicate himself to the payment of notes, would not this be injustice? Does he owe no debt but money? And are all claims on him to be postponed to a landlord's or a banker's?
By: shekhar # 1
In Priorities Quotes
If the single man plants himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abides, this huge world will come around to him.
By: shekhar # 1
In Hope Quotes
Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
By: shekhar # 1
In Humor Quotes
People do not deserve good writing, they are so pleased with bad.
By: shekhar # 1
In Humor Quotes
There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.
By: shekhar # 1
In Humor Quotes
People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
By: shekhar # 1
In Character Quotes
To fill the hour--that is happiness.
By: shekhar # 1
In Happiness Quotes
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.
By: shekhar # 1
In Happiness Quotes
Scatter joy!
By: shekhar # 1
In Joy Quotes
For poetry was all written before time was, and whenever we are so finely organized that we can penetrate into that region where the air is music, we hear those primal warblings, and attempt to write them down, but we lose ever and anon a word, a verse, and substitute something of our own, and thus miswrite the poem.
By: shekhar # 1
In Poetry Quotes
Good poetry could not have been otherwise written than it is. The first time you hear it, it sounds rather as if copied out of some invisible tablet in the Eternal mind than as if arbitrarily composed by the poet.
By: shekhar # 1
In Poetry Quotes
The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.
By: shekhar # 1
In Optimistic Quotes
fruit behind it.
By: shekhar # 1
In Thinking Quotes
The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
By: shekhar # 1
In Prayer Quotes
Those who are esteemed umpires of taste, are often persons who have acquired some knowledge of admired pictures or sculptures, and have an inclination for whatever is elegant; but if you inquire whether they are beautiful souls, and whether their own acts are like fair pictures, you learn that they are selfish and sensual. Their cultivation is local, as if you should rub a log of dry wood in one spot to produce fire, all the rest remaining cold. Their knowledge of the fine arts is some study of rules and particulars, or some limited judgment of color or form which is exercised for amusement or for show. It is a proof of the shallowness of the doctrine of beauty, as it lies in the minds of our amateurs, that men seem to have lost the perception of the instant dependence of form upon soul.
By: shekhar # 1
In Art Quotes
Your goodness must have some edge to it -- else it is none.
By: shekhar # 1
In Art Quotes
Doubt not, O poet, but persist. Say 'It is in me, and shall out.' Stand there, balked and dumb, stuttering and stammering, hissed and hooted, stand and strive, until at last rage draw out of thee that dream-power which every night shows thee is thine own; a power transcending all limit and privacy, and by virtue of which a man is the conductor of the whole river of electricity.
By: shekhar # 1
In Art Quotes
Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . .
By: shekhar # 1
In Art Quotes
I covet truth; beauty is unripe childhood's cheat; I leave it behind with the games of youth.
By: shekhar # 1
In Youth Quotes
We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken. (Despite) all the selfishness that chills like east winds the world, the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether... The effect of the indulgence of this human affection is a certain cordial exhilaration.
By: shekhar # 1
In Friendship Quotes
Leave this touching and clawing. Let him be to me a spirit. A message, a thought, a sincerity, a glance from him, I want, but not news nor pottage. I can get politics, and chat, and neighborly conveniences from cheaper companions. Should not the society of my friend be to me poetic, pure, universal, and great as nature itself? Ought I to feel that our tie is profane in comparison with yonder bar of cloud that sleeps on the horizon, or that clump of waving grass that divides the brook? Let us not vilify, bur raise it to that standard. That great, defying eye, that scornful beauty of his mien and action, do not pique yourself on reducing, but rather fortify and enhance.
By: shekhar # 1
In Friendship Quotes

  Showing 148 - 168 of 2250

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  | Next >