• To the young mind every thing is individual, stands by itself. By and by, it finds how to join two things and see in them one nature; then three, then three thousand; and so, tyrannized over by its own unifying instinct, it goes on tying things together, diminishing anomalies, discovering roots running under ground whereby contrary and remote things cohere and flower out from one stem.

    "The complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature addresses and lectures", Vol. 1, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library, 2006.