Every touch should thrill.

June 15, 2010

“I know not how it is that we need an interpreter: but the great majority of men seem to be minors, who have not yet come into possession of their own, or mutes, who cannot report the conversation they have had with nature… Too feeble fall the impressions of nature on us to make us artists. Every touch should thrill. Every man should be so much an artist, that he could report in conversation what had befallen him. …The poet is the person in whom these powers are in balance, the man without impediment, who sees and handles that which others dream of…”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘The Poet’, in Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Second Series, London: George G Harrap, undated (inscription reads 1922): 5.

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