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Advice
Engrave this Quote The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
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Age
Engrave this Quote Age, like distance lends a double charm.
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Engrave this Quote To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
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Engrave this Quote A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.
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America
Engrave this Quote Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.
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Ancestry, Ancestors
Engrave this Quote Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.
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Engrave this Quote Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
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Argument & Debate
Engrave this Quote Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
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Engrave this Quote ... the hydrostatic paradox of controversy. Don't you know what that means? Well, I will tell you. You know that, if you had a bent tube, one arm of which was of the size of a pipe-stem, and the other big enough to hold the ocean, water would stand at the same height in one as in the other. Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way. And the fools know it.
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Assumptions
Engrave this Quote Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years.
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Engrave this Quote Men are idolaters and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it out of wood, you must make it out of words.
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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872
Beauty
Engrave this Quote Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.
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Change
Engrave this Quote Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
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Children
Engrave this Quote A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
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Committee
Engrave this Quote I hate being placed on committees. They are always having meetings at which half are absent and the rest late.
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Common Sense
Engrave this Quote Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if it has common sense on the ground floor.
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Contradiction
Engrave this Quote People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be consistent.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.
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Engrave this Quote And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.
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Engrave this Quote Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
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Death
Engrave this Quote A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
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Democracy
Engrave this Quote The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
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Doctors
Engrave this Quote What I call a good patient is one who, having found a good physician, sticks to him till he dies.
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