Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about emotion from Self-Reliance - My wilful actions and acquisitions are but roving; —the idlest reverie, the faintest native emotion, command my curiosity and respect.
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My wilful actions and acquisitions are but roving; —the idlest reverie, the faintest native emotion, command my curiosity and respect.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance (1841). copy citation

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Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source Self-Reliance
Topic emotion idleness
Date 1841
Language English
Reference in "Essays: First Series"
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Weblink https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Essays:_First_Series/Self-Reliance

Context

“Every man discriminates between the voluntary acts of his mind, and his involuntary perceptions, and knows that to his involuntary perceptions a perfect faith is due. He may err in the expression of them, but he knows that these things are so, like day and night, not to be disputed. My wilful actions and acquisitions are but roving; —the idlest reverie, the faintest native emotion, command my curiosity and respect. Thoughtless people contradict as readily the statement of perceptions as of opinions, or rather much more readily; for, they do not distinguish between perception and notion. They fancy that I choose to see this or that thing.” source

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