Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

And, beholding in many souls the traits of the divine beauty, and separating in each soul that which is divine from the taint which it has contracted in the world, the lover ascends to the highest beauty, to the love and knowledge of the Divinity, by steps on this ladder of created souls.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Love," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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