Ralph Waldo Emerson
American author; b. 1803; d. 1882
Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confessor of character.
Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.
Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.
All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.