The Nonchalance of Boys

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The nonchalance of boys who are sure of dinner, and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one, is the healthiest attitude of human nature. How is a boy master of society! -independent, irresponsible, looking out from his corner on such people and facts as pass by, he tries and sentences them on their merits, in the swift summary way of boys, as good, bad, interesting, silly, eloquent, troublesome. He cumbers himself never about consequences, about interests; he gives an independent genuine verdict. You must court him; he does not court you.”

Published by ady80braun

retired k teacher, mom

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