Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For I choose that my remembrances of him should be pleasing, affecting, religious. I will love him as a glorified friend, after the free way of friendship, and not pay him a stiff sign of respect, as men do to those whom they fear. A passage read from his discourses, a moving provocation to works like his, any act or meeting which tends to awaken a pure thought, a flow of love, an original design of virtue, I call a worthy, a true commemoration.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Sermon preached on Sept. 9, 1832 at Second Church, Boston, Massachussetts. "The Lord's Supper," Miscellanies, ed. Joel Porte (1983 repr. 1903).
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