Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

So universal and widely related is any transcendent moral greatness, and so nearly identical with greatness everywhere and in every age,—as a pyramid contracts the nearer you approach its apex,—that, when I look over my commonplace-book of poetry, I find that the best of it is oftenest applicable, in part or wholly, to the case of Captain Brown.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "After the Death of John Brown" (1860), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 451, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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