Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak as you think, be what you are, pay your debts of all kinds. I prefer to be owned as sound and solvent, and my word as good as my bond, and to be what cannot be skipped, or dissipated, or undermined, to all the eclat in the universe. This reality is the foundation of friendship, religion, poetry, and art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Illusions," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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