Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A man," said Oliver Cromwell, "never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going." Dreams and drunkenness, the use of opium and alcohol are the semblance and counterfeit of this oracular genius, and hence their dangerous attraction for men. For the like reason they ask the aid of wild passions, as in gaming and war, to ape in some manner these flames and generosities of the heart.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Circles," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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