Love, and you shall be loved.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Compensation (1841). copy citation

Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source Compensation
Topic love
Date 1841
Language English
Reference in "Essays: First Series"


“Some damning circumstance always transpires. The laws and substances of nature — water, snow, wind, gravitation — become penalties to the thief.
On the other hand, the law holds with equal sureness for all right action. Love, and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation. The good man has absolute good, which like fire turns every thing to its own nature, so that you cannot do him any harm; but as the royal armies sent against Napoleon, when he approached, cast down their colors and from enemies became friends, so disasters of all kinds, as sickness, offence, poverty, prove benefactors: —” source

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