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“What people say behind your back is your standing in the community in which you live.”
– E.W. Howe

“Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”
– Thoreau

“They say so” is half a lie.”
– Thomas Fuller

“People are usually more firmly convinced that their opinions are precious than that they are true.”
– George Santayana

“Taste cannot be controlled by law.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“The only man who makes money following the races is the one who does so with a broom and shovel.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“I honor the man who is willing to sink
Half his present repute for the freedom to think
And when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,
Will risk t’other half for freedom to speak.”
– J.R. Lowell

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that we least know.”
– Montaigne

“The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear.”
– T.H. Huxley

“It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed, and calm.”
– Ingersoll

“There is much difference between imitating a good man, and counterfeiting him.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“A fox should not be of the jury at a goose’s trial.”
– Thomas Fuller

“Did nothing in particular and did it very well.”
– W.S. Gilbert

“Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.”
– Franklin

“What is easy is seldom excellent.”
– Samuel Johnson

“Among mortals, second thoughts are wisest.”
– Euripides

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular: and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Written laws are like spider’s webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.”
– Anacharsis

“It is his reasonable conversation that mostly frightens us in a madman.”
– Anatole France

“Ordinarily he was insane, but he had held moments when he was merely stupid.”
– Heinrich Heine

“To inflict unnecessary punishment is to encroach upon God’s mercy.”
– Vauvenargues

“Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.”
– R.W. Emerson

“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”
– Blackstone

“Quality, not quantity, is my measure.”
– Douglas Jerrold

“It is not who is right but what is right that is important.”
– Thomas Huxley

“Long sentences in a short composition are like large rooms in a small house.”
– Shenstone

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”
– Voltaire

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I have ever met.”
– Abraham Lincoln (referring to a fellow attorney)