Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Of all the ways to lose a person, death is the kindest.”

“A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.”

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

“The earth laughs in flowers.”

“Every man contemplates an angel in his future self.”

“Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.”

“Evey calamity is a spur and a valuable hint.”

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.”

“Good men must not obey the laws too well.”

“Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.”

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

“Keep your friendships in repair.”

“Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.”

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”

“The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.”

“Shallow men believe in luck.”

“There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, ‘Anywhere but here.’ ”

“To fill the hour — that is happiness.”

“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 little 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. This is the meaning of success.”

“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”

“You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.”