Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. I hope that it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

Compare with Matthew 10:37, where Jesus says: "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." There are also clear links to Genesis 22:1-18, where Abraham leaves all of society behind him to sacrifice his son, Isaac.
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