Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.


All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.


Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.


Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.


Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.


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


Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.


Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.


Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.


Every hero becomes a bore at last.