Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Transcendentalist Quote

From "Observations on the Growth of the Mind" by Sampson Reed as printed in Transcendentalism: A Reader edited by Joel Myerson.

As all minds possess that in common which makes them human, they require to a certain extent the same general development, by which will be brought to view the same powers however distinct and varied they may be found in different individuals; and as every mind possesses something peculiar, to which it owes its character and its effect, it requires a particular development by which may be produced a full, sincere and humble expression of its natural features, and the most vigorous and efficient exertion of its natural powers. These make one, so far as regards the individual.

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