The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays. (Penguin Classics; Reissue edition May 27, 2003) Originally published 1836.
The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a melody born of melody, Which melts the world into a sea — Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Fate,” The Conduct of Life (Ticknor & Fields, 1860)
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the imagination intoxicates the poet, it is not inactive in other men [or women]. The metamorphosis excites in the beholder an emotion of joy. The use of symbols has a certain power of emancipation and exhilaration for all men. We seem to be touched by a wand which makes us dance and run about… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is an odd jealousy: but the poet finds himself not near enough to his object. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Nature,” Nature and Selected Essays (Penguin Classics, 2003)