Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our thinking is a pious reception.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Intellect," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

This might serve as the motto for all of Emerson's epistemology. His notion of the mind is not that of a grasping tool. Instead, to think is to receive, as Emerson stated early on in his July 29, 1831 journal entry. Hence thought is a mode and a mood of revelation. In this same essay, Emerson goes on to explain that we have little control over what we think and must suffer the rolling tides of our cognition.
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