Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities!
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Attributed.

Remark made referring to the criticism by Rufus Choate of the Declaration of Independence in a letter to the Maine Whig Central Committee, August 9, 1856: "Its constitution the glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence." Published in The Works of Rufus Choate with a Memoir of his Life, vol. 1, ed. S.G. Brown (1862).
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