On Self-Reliance.

To be great is to be misunderstood. I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for that I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.

I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy that I will do strongly before the sun and the moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints.

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, cleanse your companions; I will seek my own. I do this selfishly but humbly and truly.

Self-Reliance, Waldo-Emerson