This is the next essay for my reading group. Emerson of course has brilliant insights into friendship even though in a sense he seems to unravel them a bit on page 212. For those in search of dreams and fables, armed with sublime hope.
201- "The world uncertain comes and goes, the lover rooted stays."
-"We have a great deal more kindness that is ever spoken."
202-203- "Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend and it would be content and cheerful along for a thousand years."
203- "My friends have come to me unsought."
"A new person is to me a great event and hinders me from sleep."
204- "Shall I not be as real as the things I see?"
205- "Thus every man passes his life in the search after friendship and if he should record his true sentiment, he might write a letter like this to each new candidate for his love..."
207- truth and thinking aloud
209- "It should never fall into something usual and settled, but should be alert and inventive and add rhyme and reason to what was drudgery."
-"Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort."
-"an absolute running of two souls into one."
210- "Among those who enjoy his thought he will regain his tongue."
-"Friendship requires that rare mean betwixt likeness and unlikeness..."
-"Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo."
-"Are you the friend of your friend's buttons, or of his thought?"
211- "The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near. To my friend I write a letter and from him I receive a letter."
-"We must be our own before we can be another's"
-"... the only way to have a friend is to be one."
212- "We walk along in the world. Friends such as we desire are dreams and fables. But a sublime hope cheers ever the faithful heart....souls are not acting, enduring and daring, which can love us an we can love."
-"By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little you gain the great."