Inspiration & Wisdom from the Pen of

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come.

 

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

 

Life consists in what a person is thinking of all day.

 

Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.

 

It is always so pleasant to be generous though very vexatious to pay debts.

 

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbors, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

 

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.

 

These times of ours are serious and full of calamity but all times are essentially alike. As soon as there is life there is danger.

 

Today is a king in disguise.

 

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

 

To live without duties is obscene.

Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.

 

If we live truly we shall see truly.

 

Do what we can summer will have its flies.

 

There is no chance and no anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.

Success comes from within, not from without.

 

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.

 

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

 

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

 

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.

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