A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on character, justice, learning, practicality, and wisdom

I was just going to say, when I was interrupted, that one of the many ways of classifying minds is under the heads of arithmetical and algebraical intellects. All economical and practical wisdom is an extension of the following arithmetical formula: 2 + 2 = 4. Every philosophical proposition has the more general character of the expression a + b = c. We are mere operatives, empirics, and egotists until we learn to think in letters instead of figures.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.

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