To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Contributed by: Zaady
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall.
And if I should live to be The last leaf upon the tree In the spring, Let them smile, as I do now, At the old forsaken bough Where I cling
Source: The last leaf
Wisdom has taught us to be calm and meek, To take one blow, and turn the other cheek; It is not written what a man shall do If the rude caitiff smite the other too!
The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city.
Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.
Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Source: The Professor at the Breakfast Table [see Thomas Hood]
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