10 Pieces of Philosophical Wisdom From Ralph Waldo Emerson

I read American essayist and transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson recently, and I really loved it. Below are a few of my favorite excerpts; I hope they move you as much as they moved me.

  1. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
  2. “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”

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Amélie Clements

Amélie Clements

Therapist, former philosophy major, avid reader and optimist. I write about love, philosophy, self-improvement, and more.