Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not the less does nature continue to fill the heart of youth with suggestions of his enthusiasm, and there are now men,—if indeed I can speak in the plural number,—more exactly, I will say, I have just been conversing with one man, to whom no weight of adverse experience will make it for a moment appear impossible, that thousands of human beings might exercise towards each other the grandest and simplest of sentiments, as well as a knot of friends, or a pair of lovers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Politics," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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