Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his 17 May 1840 journal entry:

Latent heat performs a great office in nature. Not less does latent joy in life. You may have your stock of well-being condensed into extasies, trances of good fortune and delight, preceded and followed by blank or painful weeks and months; or, you may have your joy spread over all the days in a bland, vague, uniform sense of power and hope.

(cf. RalphWaldoEmerson (5 Aug 2003), ...)

TopicLiterature - TopicPoetry - 2007-05-13

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