Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Transcendentalist Quote

From "Likeness to God," a sermon by William Ellery Channing at an ordination, as printed in Transcendentalism: A Reader edited by Joel Myerson.

To me it seems that the soul, in all its higher actions, in original thought, in the creations of genius, in the soarings of imagination, in its love of beauty and grandeur, in its aspirations after a pure and unknown joy, and especially in disinterestedness, in the spirit of selfsacrifice, and in enlightened devotion, has a character of infinity.

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