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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1086
AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: What is life but the angle of vision? A man is measured by the angle at which he looks at objects. What is life but what a man is thinking of all day? This is his fate and his employer. Knowing is the measure of the man. By how much we know, so much we are.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON, “Natural History of Intellect,” part 1, Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers (vol. 12 of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson), p. 10 (1921).