A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on acceptance, books, duty, libraries, and men

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Lecture, 31 Aug. 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard University;

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