“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“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 to 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
Quite a fellow, that Emerson guy.
Born: May 25, 1803, Boston, Mass.
Died: April 27, 1882, Concord, Mass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American author, minister, and philosopher. He was also one of the most thought-provoking American cultural leaders of the mid-nineteenth century. He represented a minority of Americans with his unconventional ideas and actions, but by the end of his life, many considered him to be a wise person.