waldo emerson, journal, Apr. I cannot afford to speak much with my friend. By making strict delineations and then using examples, he establishes a rather strict definition of friendship that is created along lines of social class. Yet it is affinity that determines which two shall converse. Unrelated men give little joy to each other; will never suspect the latent powers of each. Ralph waldo emerson, "Behavior The Conduct of Life Commit a crime and the world is made of glass. We doubt that we bestow on our hero the virtues in which he shines, and afterwards worship the form to which we have ascribed this divine inhabitation. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive. These cookies help us provide you with personalized content and improve our website.
Let us drop this idolatry. Guard him as thy counterpart. They are not to be indulged. A commended stranger is expected and announced, and an uneasiness betwixt pleasure and pain invades all the hearts of a household. He stands to us for humanity. At first he was resisted, and all men agreed he was mad. Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank, that being permitted to speak truth, as having none above it to court or conform unto. A friend is Janus-faced: he looks to the past and the future. To live life without the experience of friendship, is not living. Should not the society of my friend be to me poetic, pure, universal, and great as nature itself? But this cannot continue forever. Some minds are incapable of skepticism.
We over-estimate the conscience of our friend.
His goodness seems better than our goodness, his nature finer, his temptations less.
Every thing that is his,-his.