This quote is taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1836 essay Nature, which can be read in full here. The essay laid the foundations of the Transcendentalism movement and launched Emerson’s career as a writer and public speaker. Henry David Thoreau was greatly influenced by Emerson and wrote his famous book, Walden, after living alone in the woods on land owned by Emerson. This quote was also the basis of the science fiction short story Nightfall by Isaac Asimov.

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