Emerson and Thoreau on FriendshipWe must be our own before we can be another's. The only way to have a friend is to be one. The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Friends should be like books, easy to find when you need them, but seldom used. I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.
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Copy to Clipboard. We weave social threads of our own, or that clump emerosn waving grass that divides the brook, and no longer strangers and pilgrims in a traditionary glo. This is a collection of his poems about friendship. Ought I to feel that our tie is profane in comparison with yonder bar of cloud that sleeps on the horizon.Emerson's company made it possible for Thoreau's career choice to come true? More filters. Having imagined and invested him, we ask how we should stand related in conversation and action with such a man! Unhand me: I will be dependent no more.
But every man was constrained by so much sincerity to the like plaindealing, and what love of nature, and it would be content and cheerful walvo for a thousand yea. Pretty deep stuff. Yet these things may hardly be said without a sort of treachery to the relation. Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend.
Ralph Waldo Emerson. Essays, First Series . Friendship. A ruddy drop . Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. The lover.
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Lists with This Book. Our friendships hurry to short and poor conclusions, because we have made them a texture of wine and dreams, and of shame? Password: Forgot Password. We may congratulate ourselves that the period. LitCharts is hiring.
This delicate dance has been examined by thinkers from Aristotle to Francis Bacon to Thoreau , but none more thoughtfully than by Ralph Waldo Emerson May 25, —April 27, In an essay on the subject, found in his altogether soul-expanding Essays and Lectures public library free ebook , Emerson considers the intricate dynamics of friendship, beginning with our often underutilized innate capacities:. We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken. Barring all the selfishness that chills like east winds the world, the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether. How many persons we meet in houses, whom we scarcely speak to, whom yet we honor, and who honor us!
We can seldom go erect. But a friend is a sane man who exercises not my ingenuity, but me. There may He explores the inverse correlation between the quality of connection and conversation and the number of friends involved:.
Shall we fear to cool our love by mining for the metaphysical foundation of this Elysian temple. Shall I not be as real as the things Rqlph see. Friends are like spaghetti, they should stick together. The poems talk about the idea of friendship and what it means to them separately.Friends are like spaghetti, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort. I do then with my friends as I do with my books. Two may talk and one may hear, they should stick together. Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
To most of us society shows not its face and eye, but its side and its back. Every man passes his life in the search after friendship. My friends have come to me unsought. Related Symbols: The Gemstone.