Thursday, January 2, 2020

Quote of the Day (Ralph Waldo Emerson, on How ‘The Force of Character is Cumulative’)

“The force of character is cumulative. All the foregone days of virtue work their health into this. What makes the majesty of the heroes of the senate and the field, which so fills the imagination? The consciousness of a train of great days and victories behind. They shed an united light on the advancing actor. He is attended as by a visible escort of angels. That is it which throws thunder into Chatham's voice, and dignity into Washington's port, and America into Adams's eye. Honor is venerable to us because it is no ephemera. It is always ancient virtue. We worship it to-day because it is not of to-day. We love it and pay it homage because it is not a trap for our love and homage, but is self-dependent, self-derived, and therefore of an old immaculate pedigree, even if shown in a young person.” —U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Self-Reliance," in Essays, First Series (1841)

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