Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners aim to facilitate life, to get rid of impediments, and bring the man pure to energize. They aid our dealing and conversation, as a railway aids travelling, by getting rid of all avoidable obstructions of the road, and leaving nothing to be conquered but pure space.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Manners," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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