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Doubt
Engrave this Quote To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Mind and Faith of Justice Holmes
Excuses
Engrave this Quote Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
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Facts
Engrave this Quote All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called facts. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain. Who does not know fellows that always have an ill-conditioned fact or two that they lead after them into decent company like so many bull-dogs, ready to let them slip at every ingenious suggestion, or convenient generalization, or pleasant fancy? I allow no facts at this table.
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Faith
Engrave this Quote The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
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Engrave this Quote It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
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Fame
Engrave this Quote Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
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Fellowship
Engrave this Quote Speak not too well of one who scarce will know himself transfigured in its roseate glow; Say kindly of him what is, chiefly, true, remembering always he belongs to you; Deal with him as a truant, if you will, But claim him, keep him, call him brother still!
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Flowers
Engrave this Quote The Amen of nature is always a flower.
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Friends
Engrave this Quote Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
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Genius
Engrave this Quote The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
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Engrave this Quote Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.
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Help
Engrave this Quote In walking, the will and the muscles are so accustomed to working together and performing their task with so little expenditure of force that the intellect is left comparatively free.
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History
Engrave this Quote A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
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Engrave this Quote Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
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Hope
Engrave this Quote Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?
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Humor
Engrave this Quote A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
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Engrave this Quote People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.
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Idealism
Engrave this Quote Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.
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Ideas
Engrave this Quote Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
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Engrave this Quote Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
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Engrave this Quote 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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Engrave this Quote A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
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Engrave this Quote Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table, 1853
Engrave this Quote There never was an idea started that woke up men out of their stupid indifference but its originator was spoken of as a crank.
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