It’s Emerson’s Birthday. If he were still alive, Ralph would be 209 years old. He is my absolute favorite poet/deep thinker. His words prove to be ever so powerful, even centuries later. Which is why I’m sharing three of my favorite quotes from Mr. Emerson. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one. – 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 endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little 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 the meaning of success. – Ralph Waldo Emerson