Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

There was somewhat military in his nature, not to be subdued, always manly and able, but rarely tender, as if he did not feel himself except in opposition. He wanted a fallacy to expose, a blunder to pillory, I may say required a little sense of victory, a roll of the drum, to call his powers into full exercise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Thoreau," Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883, repr. 1904).

Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862).
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