Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of poetry is never explained—is always new. We have not got farther than mere wonder at the delicacy of the touch, & the eternity it inherits. In every house a child that in mere play utters oracles, & knows not that they are such, 'Tis as easy as breath. 'Tis like this gravity, which holds the Universe together, & none knows what it is.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Journal entry, July 1873. "Taking Sail (1866-1874)," quoted in Joel Porte, Emerson in His Journals (1982).
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