Emerson on Reform

In the history of the world the doctrine of Reform had never such scope as at the present hour. 

It is when your facts and persons grow unreal and fantastic by too much falsehood, that the scholar flies for refuge to the world of ideas, and aims to recruit and replenish nature from that source.

Let ideas establish their legitimate sway again in society, let life be fair and poetic, and the scholars will gladly be lovers, citizens, and philanthropists.

We must be lovers, and at once the impossible becomes possible.

Will you suffer me to add one trait more to this portrait of man the reformer? The mediator between the spiritual and the actual world should have a great prospective prudence. An Arabian poet describes his hero by saying,
"Sunshine was he
In the winter day;
And in the midsummer
Coolness and shade."