A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on art, books, college, genius, hope, kindness, past, purity, schools, and talent

The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. . . . They look backward and not forward. But genius looks forward: the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates. Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efflux of the Deity is not his; - cinders and smoke there may be, but not yet flame.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The American Scholar from Addresses, published as part of Nature; Addresses and Lectures

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