A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

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More from Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.

"Worship," The Conduct of Life (1860)

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.

We ought to celebrate this hour by expressions of manly joy. Not thanks, not prayer seem quite the highest or truest name for our communication with the infinite,-but glad and conspiring reception,-reception that becomes giving in its turn, as the receiver is only the All-Giver in part and infancy.

Speech, August 11, 1841