Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 1 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).

Emerson asserts here that we have both external and internal senses, thus he is attempting to move beyond the position of the English empiricists, especially John Locke. The notion of the wisdom of the infant recalls aspects of Eastern religious traditions, as well as Christianity, which proclaims that its Saviour entered the world as an infant.
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