The Beginning Quotation

June 7, 2010

posted by Heather McShane

What follows is a quotation that began a paper I wrote a long time ago. The paper was called “For the Love of Beatrice.” This quotation is from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s The Poet.

“For the Universe has three children, born at one time, which reappear under different names in every system of thought, whether they be called cause, operation, and effect; or, more poetically, Jove, Pluto, Neptune; or, theologically, the Father, the Spirit, and the Son; but which we will call here the Knower, the Doer, and the Sayer. These stand respectfully for the love of truth, for the love of good, and for the love of beauty. These three are equal. Each is that which he is, essentially, so that he cannot be surmounted or analyzed, and each of these three has the power of the others latent in him and his own, patent.”

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