“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you shall have the sufferage of the world”.- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Series I (Self-Reliance)
When Emerson speaks of being a nonconformist, I will guess, Emerson is asking each to think for himself after considering alternatives.
By sufferage, Emerson must have meant suffrage. I will guess in this passage, suffrage is “the formal expression of an opinion”. http://www.brainyquote.com/words/su/suffrage225905.html
I just learned that this was the quote delivered during Frank Lloyd Wright‘s funeral.
At Wright’s request, of course.