Punishment is a fruit that unsuspected ripens within the flower of the pleasure which concealed it. Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.

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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

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.