Transcendentalism Quotes:- Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that developed in the late 1820s and 1830s in the eastern United States. It arose as a reaction, to protest against the general state of intellectualism and spirituality at the time.

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.


Motivational Transcendentalism Quotes


“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“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.”-Albert Einstein


“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”-Mahatma Gandhi


“Nature provides exceptions to every rule.”-Margaret Fuller


“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.”-Sai Baba


“The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.”-James Anthony Froude


“I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.”-Henry David Thoreau


“As to the mental essence, we find it in infants devoid of every mental form.”-Avicenna


“All unrest is but the struggle of the soul to reassure herself of her inborn immortality.”-Amos Bronson Alcott


“Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.”-George P. Baker


20 Best Transcendentalism Quotes & Sayings


“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”-Henry David Thoreau


“God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.”-Mahatma Gandhi


“There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes many impressions on him and another none.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything.”-Emerson


“If you have the knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”-Margaret Fuller


“When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.”-Emerson


Transcendentalism Quotes & Proverbs


“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own, but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.”-Henry David Thoreau


“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”-Louisa May Alcott


“Self-trust is the first secret to success.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“This whole earth in which we inhabit is but a point in space.”-Henry David Thoreau


“In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this, it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.”-Henry David Thoreau


“In absolute incommunicableness, it stood apart, a thought, a system of thought which as yet had no symbol in spoken language.”-Fitz Hugh Ludlow


“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.”-Margaret Fuller