To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy - I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master.
Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force.
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.
The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
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.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
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