Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. Brave; for fear is a thing, which a scholar by his very function puts behind him. The world is his, who can see through its pretension.
Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind.
(Society and Solitude)To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.
(Nature, Essay)The poet, the painter, the sculptor, the musician, the architect, seek each to concentrate this radiance of the world on one point, and each in his several work to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him to produce.
Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn? Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread, and if not store of it, yet such as shall not take away your property in all men’s possessions, in all men’s affections, in art, in nature, and in hope.
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them. (Society and Solitude)The good are befriended even by weakness and defect.As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man had ever a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him.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. More info You may also like: inspirational quotes motivational quotes happiness quotes love quoteslife quotes Go to table of contents One liners, short Emerson quotes, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds, tattoos, SMS, Facebook, Whats App, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation: but of the adopted talent of another, you gave only an extemporaneous, half possession. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.He needs no library, for he has not done thinking; no church, for he is himself a prophet; no statute book, for he hath the Lawgiver; no money, for he is value itself; no road, for he is at home where he is. Click to tweet The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle. Every really able man, in whatever direction he work,—a man of large affairs, an inventor, a statesman, an orator, a poet, a painter,—if you talk sincerely with him, considers his work, however much admired, as far short of what it should be.If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry.Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another’s dogmatism.(Self-Reliance and Other Essays)If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth.This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life.