“In a country where there are no libraries and no printing, people must carry wisdom in sentences.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson hails Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
"The country knows not yet, or in the least part, how great a son it has lost."
As the Civil War ground on, Ralph Waldo Emerson argued vehemently for a federal emancipation of the slaves. Above all else, he asserted, "morality is the object of government."
“Skill to do comes of doing; knowledge comes by eyes always open, and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.”