Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our distrust is very expensive.

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Act

Skill to do comes of doing.

Help

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Values

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Wealth

Man was born to be rich, or inevitably to grow rich, through the use of his faculties.

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.

Wealth is in applications of mind to nature; and the art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right spot.

Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.

Money can be an obedient servant, but a harsh task master.

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