Undoubtedly we have not questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put. He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, introduction (1836, revised and repr. 1849).
Many believe Emerson to be a solipsistic individualist and a mystical dreamer. Yet passages like this indicate a vision of the individual connected to the universe, as well as a pragmatic commitment to action as a problem-solving device, anticipating Dewey and James.