32 Hugs That Will Remind You That You’re Not Alone In The World

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“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”

— Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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“So come give me a hug / if you’re into getting rubbed.”

— 50 Cent, “In Da Club”

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Until virtual hugs are (finally) invented, these will have to suffice. Words by Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his essay on friendship.

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1. “We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken…”

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2. “… the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether.”

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3. “Read the language of these wandering eye-beams. The heart knoweth.”

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4. “From the highest degree of passionate love, to the lowest degree of good-will, they make the sweetness of life.”

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5. “Our intellectual and active powers increase with our affection.”

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6. “What so delicious as a just and firm encounter of two, in a thought, in a feeling?”

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7. “How beautiful, on their approach to this beating heart, the steps and forms of the gifted and the true!”

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8. “The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed…

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9. There is no winter, and no night…

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10. All tragedies, all ennuis, vanish…

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11. … nothing fills the proceeding eternity but the forms all radiant of beloved persons.”

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12. “Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend…”

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13. … and it would be content and cheerful alone for a thousand years.”

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14. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”

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15. “I must feel pride in my friend’s accomplishments as if they were mine…

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16. … I feel as warmly when he is praised, as the lover when he hears applause of his engaged maiden.”

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17. “His goodness seems better than our goodness, his nature finer, his temptations less.”

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18. “Our own thought sounds new and larger from his mouth.”

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19. “I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage.”

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20. “When they are real, they are not glass threads or frostwork, but the solidest thing we know.”

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21. “But the sweet sincerity of joy and peace, which I draw from this alliance with my brother’s soul…

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22. … is the nut itself, whereof all nature and all thought is but the husk and shell.”

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23. “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.”

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24. “When a man becomes dear to me, I have touched the goal of fortune.”

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25. “I wish that friendship should have feet, as well as eyes and eloquence.”

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26. “It must plant itself on the ground, before it vaults over the moon.”

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27. “It is for aid and comfort through all the relations and passages of life and death.”

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28. “It should never fall into something usual and settled…

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29. … but should be alert and inventive, and add rhyme and reason to what was drudgery.”

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30. “Friendship requires that rare mean betwixt likeness and unlikeness, that piques each with the presence of power and of consent in the other party.”

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31. “What is so great as friendship, let us carry with what grandeur of spirit we can.”

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32. “The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.”

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Now: send this post to a friend who needs a hug, stat!

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