Transcendentalism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old transcendentalism quotes, transcendentalism sayings, and transcendentalism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life. Julius Caesar
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mahatma Gandhi
Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes. E. M. Forster
Science does not know its debt to imagination. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Albert Einstein
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau
To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. Bono
All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The troubles of modern life come from being divorced from nature. Isaac Asimov
A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Thoreau
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Leonardo da Vinci
What sculptors do is represent the essence of gesture. What is important in mime is attitude. Marcel Marceau
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself. Annie Leibovitz
In actual life, it requires the greatest discipline to be simple, and the acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook upon life. Carl Jung
You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt
God is all there is God includes everything, all possibility, and all action, for Spirit is the invisible essence and substance of all form. Ernest Holmes
Be yourself not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be. Henry David Thoreau
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.  Henry David Thoreau
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. Henry David Thoreau
Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. Henry David Thoreau
Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. Henry David Thoreau
On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning. Henry David Thoreau
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. Henry David Thoreau
There is a patience of the wild – dogged, tireless, persistent as life itself. Jack London
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment. Laozi
Violence, even well intentioned, always rebounds upon oneself. Laozi