Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom is the essence of this faith. It has for its object simply to make men good and wise. Its institutions then should be as flexible as the wants of men. That form out of which the life and suitableness have departed should be as worthless in its eyes as the dead leaves that are falling around us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Sermon, September 9, 1832, at the Second Church, Boston, Massachusetts. "The Lord's Supper," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).
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