Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man in the view of absolute goodness, adores, with total humility. Every step downward, is a step upward. The man who renounces himself, comes to himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).

This quotation recommends a more subtle understanding of Emersonian individualism. Emerson does not envisage solitary, selfish, anti-communitarians. Rather his brand of individualism is founded upon humility and a self-renunciation that eventually finds itself again in a profound connection to all of creation.
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