How much superstition in the learned & the unlearned! All take for granted that a great deal,—nay, almost all—is known & forever settled. That which a man now says he merely throws in as confirmatory of this Corpse or Corporation Universal of Science.
Whilst the fact is, that nothing is known: and every new mind ought to take the attitude of Columbus,—launch out from the ignorant gaping World, & sail west for a new world. Very, very few thoughts in an age.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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