Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature will not let us fret and fume. She does not like our benevolence or our learning much better than she likes our frauds and wars. When we come out of the caucus, or the bank, or the abolition-convention, or the temperance-meeting, or the transcendental club, into the fields and woods, she says to us, "so hot? my little Sir."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Spiritual Laws," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

Emerson is chiding himself as well as the rest of us who are so self-important in our societal activities.
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