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Rufus Choate Quotes





A book is the only immortality.
[Books]
 

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
[Reading]
 

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading.
 

It is a great mistake to think anything too profound or rich for a popular audience. - No train of thought is too deep or subtle or grand; but the manner of presenting it to their untutored minds should be peculiar. - It should be presented in anecdote, or sparkling truism, or telling illustration, or stinging epithet, etc.; always in some concrete form, never in a logical, abstract, syllogistic shape.
[Mind]
 

Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.
[Argument]
 

No lawyer can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.
 

The absolute justice of the state enlightened by the perfect reason of the state, that is law.
[Law]
 

The idea that there is a want of sympathy in the mass of the people with an educated man's mind, is much exaggerated in general belief. - Any fine thought, or rich expression is apprehended by the common mind somehow; vaguely at first; but so almost any thought is, at first, vaguely and uncertainly apprehended by any but a thoroughly trained mind.
[Mind]