Inspiring Quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
As we grow old…the beauty steals inward.
Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.
None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
The world belongs to the energetic.