Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books. Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the book-worm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Lecture, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard University. "The American Scholar," published in Nature, Addresses and Lectures (1849).
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