Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American lecturer, essayist, and philosopher. He was born on 25th May 1803 in the United States. He has written essays on subjects like Self- Reliance, Oversoul, and the Purpose of life.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

According to Emerson, the purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be honorable, compassionate, kind, humble with everyone. Happiness cannot be a goal in itself. The meaning should be found in helping others. You don’t have to change the world, just make it a little better than before you were born.

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson asserts throughout Nature the primacy of spirit over matter. Nature’s purpose is as a representation of the divine to promote human insight into the laws of the universe, and thus to bring man closer to God.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the purposes of existence is also to appreciate the beauty of existence and to find the best in others. A powerful line by Emerson – To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the length of life, but the depth – He describes further it’s not the quality of life you lived but the quality of life you served to society.

“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.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I
have not seen.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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