Value of a Fact

Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower in a truth.
— “Natural History of Massachusetts,” “The Dial,” Henry David Thoreau

Transcendentalists didn’t just believe that spirituality trumped books in the pursuit of knowledge. They also saw facts as fluid, as statements made by thought leaders who’d read said books, but hadn’t taken the steps to uncover their own spirituality and deeper worldly understanding.