Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

But also the constituency determines the vote of the representative. He is not only representative, but participant. Like can only be known by like. The reason why he knows about them is, that he is of them; he has just come out of nature, or from being a part of the thing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Uses of Great Men," Representative Men (1850).

This thought is similar to Henry Adams's idea that we are interested in things that exert a force on us and draw us into their path. See The Education of Henry Adams.
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