A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.
A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.
The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
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.
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.
If I were dying, my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end.
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.
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
Every idea is an incitement... eloquence may set fire to reason.
It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.
The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to make facts live.
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