Young man, the secret of my success is that at early age I discovered that I was not God.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
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.
Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
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.
The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
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