‘(Because) I cannot break myself any longer for you…’


‘I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.’

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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