Enthusiasm (where Does It Come From?)

“…Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm…,” said the very quotable Ralph Waldo Emerson; who also said, “…Everywhere, the history of religion betrays a tendency to enthusiasm…”  These two uses of the word “enthusiasm“—one so-called positive, and the other also so-called negative—both derive from its source in Greek origin.  “Enthusiasm” first appeared and borrowed in […]