Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of genius is to suffer no fiction to exist for us; to realize all that we know; in the high refinement of modern life, in arts, in sciences, in books, in men, to exact good faith, reality, and a purpose; and first, last, midst, and without end, to honor every truth by use.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Goethe; or, the Writer," Representative Men (1850).
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