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Friendship (Poem)

Thy friendship! What it means to meNor pen, nor tongue can ever say:Its fragrance makes the shadows flee,And brightens every gloomy day. Its fruit in kindly thought is seenPoured out in letters breathing love,Producing happiness serene,Which must its perfect value prove. How precious is this gift Divine!Which brings such fragrance…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "As regards confidence in human nature, do you know, I almost think it synonymous with confidence in God. It is quite surprising how, as soon as one but commences to eradicate that self-hood that, in varying degrees, all are born…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "Whatever else I doubt, my whole life-study of the effect of action of the unseen forces on the soul, or center of consciousness, teaches me one thing beyond all doubt; it is that our relationship to life and to each…
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Friendship

A ruddy drop of manly bloodThe surging sea outweighs,The world uncertain comes and goes,The lover rooted stays.I fancied he was fled,And, after many a year,Glowed unexhausted kindlinessLike daily sunrise there.My careful heart was free again—O friend, my bosom said,Through thee alone the sky is arched,Through thee the rose is red,All…
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Friendship

The inequalities of acquaintanceship as against friendship emphasize themselves in adversity. This condition proves the distinction; one either fulfills materially that duty upon which depends his worth—and right to the name of friend—or fails, and passes along to meet an emptiness in life, which the course of time, near or…
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Friendship

Judge not thy friend until thou standest in his place.—Rabbi Hillel What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?—George Eliot A friend is a person before whom I may be sincere. Before whom I may think aloud.—Emerson The only way to…
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Friends Discovered, Not Made

Friends in any true and abiding sense, therefore, are in the nature of a discovery; but when discovered, it is because of a predestined spiritual relation that compels recognition and which transcends and dominates all temporary and external conditions or circumstances. Friendship of this order is as eternal as the…
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Love and Friendship

Sympathy is the keynote to Friendship, it is, in fact, the very essence of it. When two souls realize that they can understand the motives of each other without lengthy explanations, when they find they are in sympathy with each other they should rejoice and be exceeding glad, for each…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being extracts from our No. I. Correspondence Circle, written in response to the Question, "What of the things I possess are mine?" "By way of opening the question here's my own answer condensed into one word, 'Nothing —for if we cannot lay claim to our bodies as personal property, much…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 1 Correspondence Circle From time to time, under the above heading, we shall publish helpful extracts from the letters of The Light of Reason Correspondence Circles. Written, as such letters are, by isolated truth-seekers to one another, the snatches of soul-experience, originally expressed…
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Essays: First Series

You can listen to Ralph Waldo Emerson's first series of essays using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%} .mp3browser…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being Extracts From Our Correspondence Circle, No. 2 "Earnest doubters are, perhaps, only skeptical of the accretions which time has gathered about the original gem of Faith, and if they could hear the glad tidings of a religion which harmonizes with Science, and which only sees its God more glorious…
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