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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I think no virtue goes with size;
The reason of all cowardice
Is, that men are overgrown,
And, to be valiant, must come down
To the titmouse dimension.
--
The Titmouse, st. 5.

 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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