Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

But let us honestly state the facts. Our America has a bad name for superficialness. Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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