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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1297
AUTHOR: Robert Penn Warren (1905–89)
QUOTATION: More and more Emerson recedes grandly into history, as the future he predicted becomes a past.
ATTRIBUTION: ROBERT PENN WARREN, speech upon receipt of the 1970 National Medal for Literature, New York City, December 2, 1970.—Transcript, p. 2.
SUBJECTS: Past and future