Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think that the heroism which at this day would make on us the impression of Epaminondas and Phocion must be that of a domestic conqueror. He who shall bravely and gracefully subdue this Gorgon of Convention and Fashion, and show men how to lead a clean, handsome and heroic life amid the beggarly elements of our cities and villages; whoso shall teach me how to eat my meat and take my repose and deal with men, without any shame following, will restore the life of man to splendor, and make his own name dear to all history.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Domestic Life," Society and Solitude (1870).
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