Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each work of art excludes the world, concentrates attention on itself. For the time it is the only thing worth doing—to do just that; be it a sonnet, a statue, a landscape, an outline head of Caesar, or an oration. Presently we return to the sight of another that globes itself into a whole as did the first, for example, a beautiful garden; and nothing seems worth doing in life but laying out a garden.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "A Self On Trial," vol. 8, entry for March 22, 1839, Journals (1909-1914).
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