Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It seems as if nature, in regarding the geologic night behind her, when, in five or six millenniums, she had turned out five or six men, as Homer, Phidias, Menu, and Columbus, was no wise discontented with the result. These samples attested the virtue of the tree.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Plato: New Readings," Representative Men (1850).
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