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On Ambiguity: Ralph Waldo Emerson on Living with Abandon

“The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The way of life is wonderful; it is by abandonment. The great moments of history are the facilities of performance through strength of ideas, as the works of genius and religion. ‘A man,’ said Oliver Cromwell, ‘never rises so high — as when he knows not whither he is going.'”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his essay “Circles”

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