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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
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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.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
"Works and Days," Society and Solitude (1870)
Who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
Essays: First Series (1841) Essay XII, "Art"
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
The Conduct of Life, "Worship," (1870)