Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

I am sick – if I should die what would become of me? We forget ourselves and our destinies in health, and the chief use of temporary sickness is to remind us of these concerns. I must improve my time better. I must prepare myself for the great profession I have purposed to undertake.

Politics is a deleterious profession, like some poisonous handicrafts. Men in power have no opinions, but may be had cheap for any opinion, for any purpose.

Our only safe rule in politics heretofore, was, always to believe that the worst would be done. Then we were not deceived.

There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.

The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made.

There was never a poet who had not the heart in the right place.

There are two classes of poets – the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.

The test of the poet is the power to take the passing day, with its news, its cares, its fears, as he shares them, and hold it up to a divine reason, till he sees it to have a purpose and beauty. Then the dry twig blossoms in his hand.