Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

What art can paint or gild any object in afterlife with the glow which Nature gives to the first baubles of childhood. St. Peter's cannot have the magical power over us that the red and gold covers of our first picture-book possessed. How the imagination cleaves to the warm glories of that tinsel even now! What entertainments make every day bright and short for the fine freshman!
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Domestic Life," Society and Solitude (1870).
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