After you bite down on that meat, you need the other piece of bread to round out the meal.The top piece of bread will tell us where the quote came from and/or how it fits in with what’s already been discussed in the essay. The bottom piece of bread points out what was important about the quote and elaborates on what was being said.How do I use partial quotations to liven up my writing?
Here's a 1905 article from the Lincoln Sentinel about that version of the quote: Bessie Stanley's poem, though, is a bit different from the standard quotation attributed to Emerson -- and so there is still some tiny possibility that the quotation is Emerson's or someone else's and that Stanley's was a variation. At this time, though, the most dependable attribution would be to Bessie Stanley, with the changes attributable to the normal folk process of adaptation and editing. If you find an authentic source of the quote (that is, in an actual essay or work by Emerson published before 1905), please with the information so that I may confirm it and post the information! All that said -- it just does not sound (to me) like Emerson's voice.
are familiar with this oft repeated quote