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Friendship: An Essay (Classic Reprint)


Friendship: An Essay (Classic Reprint)

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    Henry David Thoreau (Author)
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While we float here, far from that tributary stream on whose banks our friends and kindred dwell, our thought, like the stars, come out of their horizon still: for there circulates a finer blood than Lavoisier has discovered the laws of - the blood, not of kindred merely, but of kindness whose pulse still beats at any distance and forever. After years of vain familiarity, some distant gesture or unconscious behavior, which we remember, speaks to us with more emphasis than the wisest or kindest words. We are sometimes made aware of a kindness long passed, and realize that there have been times when our friends thoughts of us were of so pure and lofty a character that they passed over us like the winds of heaven unnoticed: when they treated us not as what we were, but as what we aspired to be. There has just reached us, it may be, the nobleness of some such silent behavior, not to be forgotten, not to be remembered, and we shudder to think how it fell on us cold, though in some true but tardy hour we endeavor to wipe off these scores.

In my experience, persons, when they are made the subject of conversation, though with a friend, are commonly the most prosaic and trivial of facts. The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the character of individuals.

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  • Henry David Thoreau (Author)
  • Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)
  • English
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  • Health, Family Lifestyle

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