Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For, truly speaking, whoever provokes me to a good act or thought has given me a pledge of his fidelity to virtue,—he has come under the bonds to adhere to that cause to which we are jointly attached.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Quoted in Notes to "The Lord's Supper," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).

Part of this passage from Emerson's farewell letter to his congregation was later used in "The Divinity School Address." See the quotation under the subject "Conversation."
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