“A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
its loveliness increases;
it will never pass into nothingness.” (John Keats)
- Endymion (1818) Bk. I, l. 1
“From an epic poem by Keats, it continues, “but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”
“Hitch your wagon to a star.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
- Society and Solitude (1870)
In the portion of Society and Solitude titled “Civilization,” Emerson states the desire to let our dreams and ambitions drive us: to aim high.