Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

But, if we explore the literature of Heroism, we shall quickly come to Plutarch, who is its Doctor and historian. To him we owe the Brasidas, the Dion, the Epaminodas, the Scipio of old, and I must think we are more deeply indebted to him than to all the ancient writers. Each of his "Lives" is a refutation to the despondency and cowardice of our religious and political theorists. A wild courage, a Stoicism not of the schools, but of the blood, shines in every anecdote, and had given that book immense fame.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Heroism," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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