Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The bird is not in its ounces and inches, but in its relations to Nature; and the skin or skeleton you show me, is no more a heron, than a heap of ashes or a bottle of gases into which his body has been reduced, is Dante or Washington.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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