Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every body we know surrounds himself with a fine house, fine books, conservatory, gardens, equipage, and all manner of toys, as screens to interpose between himself and his guest. Does it not seem as if man was of a very sly, elusive nature, and dreaded nothing so much as a full rencontre front to front with his fellow?
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Manners," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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