Nature, as we know her, is no saint. She comes eating and drinking and sinning. Her darlings, the great, the strong, the beautiful, are not children of our law, do not come out of the Sunday School, nor weigh their food, nor punctually keep the commandments. If we will be strong with her strength, we must not harbor such disconsolate consciences, borrowed from the consciences of other nations.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
Fom the essay “Experience” (1844)