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"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."

"Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor."
Science

"Pick my left pocket of its silver dime, but spare the right - it holds my golden time!"
Time

"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."
Wisdom

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."

"He has half the deed done who has made a beginning"

"I won't accept anything less than the best a player's capable of doing... and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!"

"The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul.""

"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving."

"Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool."

"Have the courage to act instead of react."

"Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force."

"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall."

"The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort."

"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."

"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."

"I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity."

"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum."

"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."

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