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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Judge
Nation: American
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Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.

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

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Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.

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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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People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.

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

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To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.

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

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To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

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

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Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God.

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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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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.

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Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

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

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There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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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Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

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

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

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

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A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.

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It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.

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Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.

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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.

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A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

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Carve every word before you let it fall.

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I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.

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Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

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The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.

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The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.

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

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A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

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Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.

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