Here are 10 inspiring quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, born this day in 1803 (d. 1882):
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.