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Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
In Big Sur, Jack Kerouac quotes the first part of this statement, turning it into an American Zen koan. Kerouac called Emerson the "trumpet of the morning in America."
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