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Ralph Waldo Emerson (180382)
Is not every man sometimes a radical in politics? Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick, or aged. In the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience has been aroused; when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, New England Reformers, lecture read before the Church of the Disciples, Amory Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, March 3, 1844.Essays: Second Series (vol. 3 of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson), p. 272 (1903).