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To laugh often and much by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  




AuthorRalph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet
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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. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet

David Gurteen's comments: It seems that this is one of the most enduring misattributions of a work to Emerson. But putting that aside - what is your definition of success?

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Quotations from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

 I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet
Immortality 



 Let the bird sing without deciphering the song.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



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

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 In excited conversation we have glimpses of the universe, hints of power native to the soul, far-darting lights and shadows of an Andes landscape, such as we can hardly attain in lone meditation.

Here are oracles sometimes profusely given, to which the memory goes back in barren hours.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



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

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



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

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



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

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 Look sharply after your thoughts, They come unlooked for, like a new bird seen in your trees, and, if you turn to your usual task, disappear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet



 I am not ignorant that when we preach unworthily, it is not always quite in vain.

There is a good ear, in some men, that draws supplies to virtue out of very indifferent nutriment.

There is poetic truth concealed in all the common places of prayer and of sermons, and though foolishly spoken, they may be wisely heard.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet
Essays & Lectures 



 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. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society 




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