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More from Ralph Waldo Emerson

I should as soon think of swimming across Charles River when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.

Books

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Essays: First Series (1841), "Friendship"

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

Essays, First Series, "Self-Reliance"

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

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Essays: Second Series, New England Reformers (1844)