Monday, February 25, 2008

"In my dealing with my child, my Latin and Greek, my accomplishments and my money stead me nothing; but as much soul as I have avails.  If I am wilful, he sets his will against mine, one for one, and leaves me, if I please, the degradation of beating him by my superiority of strength.  But if I renounce my will and act for the soul, setting that up as an umpire between us two, out of his young eyes looks the same soul; he reveres and loves with me." (268)  (Brooks Atkinson, ed. The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York: Random House, 1950.)


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