Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

The astronomers said, 'Give us matter and a little motion and we will construct the universe. It is not enough that we should have matter, we must also have a single impulse, one shove to launch the mass and generate the harmony of the centrifugal and centripetal forces.'... There is no end to the consequences of the act. That famous aboriginal push propagates itself through all the balls of the system, and through every atom of every ball.


The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Comprising His Essays, Lectures, Poems, and Orations (ed. 1883)

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The astronomers said, 'Give us matter and a little motion and we will construct the universe. It is not enough that we should have matter, we must...

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The astronomers said, 'Give us matter and a little motion and we will construct the universe. It is not enough that we should have matter, we must...

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The astronomers said, 'Give us matter and a little motion and we will construct the universe. It is not enough that we should have matter, we must...

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The astronomers said, 'Give us matter and a little motion and we will construct the universe. It is not enough that we should have matter, we must...