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All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2018 8:01:01 AM

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In the US this quote has been modified to "All the world loves a lover." Not sure if it's the same elsewhere.

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Daemon wrote:
All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Yeah. All you need is love... Everybody is so eager to get there, nobody knows how to get there.
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Context from: Essays: First Series

Chapter 5 Love


“I was as a gem concealed;
Me my burning ray revealed.”

The strong bent of nature is seen in the proportion which this topic of personal relations usurps in the conversation of society. What do we wish to [164] know of any worthy person so much as how he has sped in the history of this sentiment? What books in the circulating library circulate? How we glow over these novels of passion, when the story is told with any spark of truth and nature! And what fastens attention, in the intercourse of life, like any passage betraying affection between two parties? Perhaps we never saw them before and never shall meet them again. But we see them exchange a glance or betray a deep emotion, and we are no longer strangers. We understand them and take the warmest interest in the development of the romance. All mankind love a lover. The earliest demonstrations of complacency and kindness are nature's most winning pictures. It is the dawn of civility and grace in the coarse and rustic. The rude village boy teases the girls about the school-house door; — but to-day he comes running into the entry and meets one fair child disposing her satchel; he holds her books to help her, and instantly it seems to him as if she removed herself from him infinitely, and was a sacred precinct. Among the throng of girls he runs rudely enough, but one alone distances him; and these two little neighbors, that were so close just now, have learned to respect each other's personality. Or who can avert his eyes from the engaging, half-artful, half-artless ways of school-girls who go into the country [165] shops to buy a skein of silk or a sheet of paper, and talk half an hour about nothing with the broad-faced, good-natured shop-boy. In the village they are on a perfect equality, which love delights in, and without any coquetry the happy, affectionate nature of woman flows out in this pretty gossip. The girls may have little beauty, yet plainly do they establish between them and the good boy the most agreeable, confiding relations; what with their fun and their earnest, about Edgar and Jonas and Almira, and who was invited to the party, and who danced at the dancing-school, and when the singing-school would begin, and other nothings concerning which the parties cooed. By and by that boy wants a wife, and very truly and heartily will he know where to find a sincere and sweet mate, without any risk such as Milton deplores as incident to scholars and great men.

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