Some great thoughts by a man who deserves a little credit for seeing much of what was both right and wrong with the world. If you've never really taken the time to read a little Emerson you should do so.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine - Ralph Waldo Emerson
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can read many of his greatest quotes here Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes