Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no doctrine of the Reason which will bear to be taught by the Understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).

Here, Emerson appropriates aspects of Kant's terminology. For Kant, the "understanding" is that mental capacity tied to sense data, whereas "reason" is the cognitive faculty with which we can conceive of ideal qualities beyond sensual data e.g., freedom or God. It should be noted that Kant's definition for "reason" expands at different points in his writings.
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