Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I look on trade and every mechanical craft as education also. But let me discriminate what is precious herein. There is in each of these works an act of invention, an intellectual step, or short series of steps taken; that act or step is the spiritual act; all the rest is mere repetition of the same a thousand times.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, August 11, 1841, at Waterville College, Maine before the Society of the Adelphi. "The Method of Nature," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849).

This quotation, tying the entrepreneurial spirit to education and spirituality, anticipates the arguments of John Dewey.
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