Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Character - Latent power and self sufficiency
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Ralph Waldo Emerson – Character
The largest part of the power [of men of character] is latent – a reserved force which acts directly by presence and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a Familiar or Genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart; which is company for him, so that such men are often solitary, or if they be social, do not need society, but can entertain themselves very well alone.