Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

But hospitality must be for service, and not for show, or it pulls down the host. The brave soul rates itself too high to value itself by the splendor of its table and draperies. It gives what it hath, and all it hath, but its own majesty can lend a better grace to bannocks and fair water than belong to city feasts.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Heroism," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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