“All I Have Seen” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The world belongs to the energetic.

Unless you do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Skill to do comes of doing. Do the thing and you will be given the power.

We aim above the mark to hit the mark. Hitch your wagon to a star.

Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not. What you are comes to you.

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Set down nothing that will not help somebody.

We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today. Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.

Put your trust in ideas and not in circumstances. Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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