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Daemon
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Love is sweet or bittersweet, but truth is nutritious. Your choice is subject to the situation or mood you are in.
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Truth is more durable than love, and I understand it marches on.
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 2:40:26 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Self-Reliance: Essays, First Series, 1841.

"Affectation" is the key word; Emerson weighs truth against the affectation of love. The excerpt from the relevant paragraph is not meant for speed reading.

" Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if every thing were titular and ephemeral but he. I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. Every decent and well-spoken individual affects and sways me more than is right. I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways. If malice and vanity wear the coat of philanthropy, shall that pass? If an angry bigot assumes this bountiful cause of Abolition, and comes to me with his last news from Barbadoes, why should I not say to him, 'Go love thy infant; love thy wood-chopper: be good-natured and modest: have that grace; and never varnish your hard, uncharitable ambition with this incredible tenderness for black folk a thousand miles off. Thy love afar is spite at home.' Rough and graceless would be such greeting, but truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, — else it is none. The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines. I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim."
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 8:21:23 PM
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The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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