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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
[Faith]
 

All infractions of love and equity in our social relations are ... punished by fear.
[Fear]
 

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
[Life]
 

All mankind love a lover.
[Love]
 

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.
 

All men are poets at heart.
 

All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves.
 

All nobility, in its beginnings, was somebody's natural superiority.
[Nobility]
 

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
[Progress]
 

All successful men have agreed in being causationists; they believed that things were not by luck, but by law - that there was not a weak or cracked link in the chain that joins the first and last of things - the cause and effect.
[Luck]
 

All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
 

All the thoughts of a turtle are turtles, and of rabbits, rabbits.
 

All things with which we deal preach to us. What is a farm but a mute Gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun, - it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields.
[Preaching]
 

Almost all people descend to meet.
 

Always do what you are afraid to do.
 

America is a country of young men.
[America]
 

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.
[America]
 

An era in human history is the life of Jesus, and its immense influence for good leaves all the perversion and superstition that has accrued almost harmless.
 

An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled pistol, or can insult, like hissing or kicking; or in its altered mood, can, by beams of kindness, make the heart dance with joy. - Some eyes have no more expression than blueberries, while others are as deep as a well which you can fall into.
 

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
[Individuality]
 


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