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  1. Carve every word before you let it fall.


  2. When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.


  3. Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.


  4. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.




  5. We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.


  6. The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.


  7. I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.


  8. A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.


  9. Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.


  10. The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.


  11. Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.


  12. To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.


  13. The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.


  14. The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.


  15. The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.


  16. Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.

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  17. Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.


  18. Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.


  19. Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father's have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think.


  20. A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.


  21. Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.


  22. For, stripped of the temporary associations which gave rise to it, it is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.


  23. The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, The work is done.


  24. I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -- adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.


  25. On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.

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  26. Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.

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  27. A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.


  28. You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young, that you have turned twenty-four. A man is or may be young to after sixty, and not old before eighty.


  29. I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. With all humility, I think whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor; you must be living with your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.


  30. The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.


  31. Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.



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