the ancestor of every action is a thought.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Spiritual Laws (1841). copy citation

Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source Spiritual Laws
Topic thought action
Date 1841
Language English
Reference in "Essays: First Series"


“I will not meanly decline the immensity of good, because I have heard that it has come to others in another shape.
Besides, why should we be cowed by the name of Action? 'T is a trick of the senses, — no more. We know that the ancestor of every action is a thought. The poor mind does not seem to itself to be any thing, unless it have an outside badge, — some Gentoo diet, or Quaker coat, or Calvinistic prayer-meeting, or philanthropic society, or a great donation, or a high office, or, any how, some wild contrasting action to testify that it is somewhat.” source

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