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Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Intellect - On intellect

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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Intellect

How wearisome the grammarian, the phrenologist, the political or religious fanatic, or indeed any possessed mortal, whose balance is lost by the exaggeration of a single topic! It is incipient insanity. Every thought is a prison also. I cannot see what you see, because I am caught up by a strong wind, and blown so far in one direction, that I am out of the loop of your horizon.

Neither by detachment, neither by aggregation, is the integrity of the intellect transmitted to its works, but by a vigilance which brings the intellect in its greatness and best state to operate every moment. It must have the same wholeness which nature has. Although no diligence can rebuild the universe in a model, by the best accumulation of disposition of details yet does the world reappear in miniature in every event, so that all the laws of nature may be read in the smallest fact.... the truth is in us before it is reflected to us from natural objects, and the profound genius will cast the likeness of all creatures into every product of his wit.

But if the constructive powers are rare and it is given to few men to be poets, yet every man is a receiver of this descending Holy Ghost

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