The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

The Conduct of Life, "Worship," (1870)

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I should as soon think of swimming across Charles River when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.

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We do what we must, and call it by the best names.

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.

"Worship," The Conduct of Life (1860)

Imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.

We ought to celebrate this hour by expressions of manly joy. Not thanks, not prayer seem quite the highest or truest name for our communication with the infinite,-but glad and conspiring reception,-reception that becomes giving in its turn, as the receiver is only the All-Giver in part and infancy.

Speech, August 11, 1841