The wise man through an excess of wisdom is made a fool.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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'Tis very certain that each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it. A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.

See how the masses of men worry themselves into nameless graves, while here and there a great unselfish soul forgets himself into immortality.

Life is a festival only to the wise.

I have no expectation that any man will read history aright who thinks that what was done in a remote age, by men whose names have resounded far, has any deeper sense than what he is doing today.

We cannot approach beauty. Its nature is like opaline doves'-neck lustres, hovering and evanescent. Herein it resembles the most excellent things, which all have this rainbow character, defying all attempts at appropriation and use.

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. We parry and fend the approach of our fellow-man by compliments, by gossip, by amusements, by affairs. We cover up our thought from him under a hundred folds.

So of cheerfulness or a good temper the more it is spent the more it remains.

Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.

What can we see, read, acquire, but ourselves. Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find.

Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence.

He who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom.

Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.

This world belongs to the energetic.