The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Spiritual Laws"
IDEALS OF THE MIND
a Wisdom of Thought
We believe in the ideal of the "American Scholar," in whom a knowledge of books is balanced by experience of nature and practical activity in the world. The foundation provides a place and a way where these three come together in one unity of conversation, from which all alike may take away what is most useful to them in the pursuit of their own work. We believe in the ideals of the mind, the whole mind, the mind made whole with the entirety of life. We seek the living forms of a higher learning in the deepest foundations of experience.
What is the remedy? They did not yet see, and thousands of young men as hopeful now crowding to the barriers for the career, do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. Patience, — patience; — with the shades of all the good and great for company; and for solace, the perspective of your own infinite life; and for work, the study and the communication of principles, the making those instincts prevalent, the conversion of the world... We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar"
ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL