Emerson's Self-Reliance: Reason

"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. I do this not selfishly, but humbly and truly.
It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth.
Does this sound harsh to-day?
You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and, if we follow the truth, it will bring us
out safe at last. β€” But so you may give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility.
Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth; then will they justify me, and do the same thing."

"The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes."