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BOSTON
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Solid men of Boston, make no long orations;
  Solid men of Boston, drink no long potations;
    Solid men of Boston, go to bed at sundown;
      Never lose your way like the loggerheads of London.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Billy Pitt and the Farmer,
        printed in "Asylum for Fugitive Pieces" without author's name

A Boston man is the east wind made flesh.
      - Thomas Gold Appleton, Boston (st. 20)

The sea returning day by day
  Restores the world-wide mart.
    So let each dweller on the Bay
      Fold Boston in his heart
        Till these echoes be choked with snows
          Or over the town blue ocean flows.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Boston (st. 20)

A hundred thousand men were led
  By one calf near three centuries dead;
    They followed still his crooked way
      And lost a hundred years a day;
        For thus such reverence is lent
          To well established precedent.
      - Sam Walter Foss, The Calf-Path

One day through the primeval wood
  A calf walked home as good calves should;
    But made a trail all bent askew,
      A crooked trail as all calves do.
        . . . .
          And men two centuries and a half
            Trod in the footsteps of that calf.
      - Sam Walter Foss, The Calf-Path

Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

A solid man of Boston;
  A comfortable man with dividends,
    And the first salmon and the first green peas.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        New England Tragedies--John Endicott
         (act IV)

Solid men of Boston, banish long potations!
  Solid men of Boston, make no long orations!
      - Charles Morris,
        Pitt and Dunda's Return to London from Wimbledon

Massachusetts has been the wheel within New England, and Boston the wheel within Massachusetts. Boston therefore is often called the "hub of the world," since it has been the source and fountain of the ideas that have reared and made America.
      - Rev. F.B. Zinckle,
        Last Winter in the United States


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