A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parage.  Thier works are done as an apology or extenuation of thier living in the world.-as invalids and the insane pay a high  board.  Thier virtues are penances.  I do not wish to expiate, but to live.  My life is for itself and not a spectacle.  ....I can not consent to pay for privilege where I have intrinsic right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy