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RUFUS CHOATE
American lawyer, orator and politician
(1799 - 1859)

A book is the only immortality.
      - [Books]

All that happens in the world of nature and man--every war, every peace, every horn of prosperity, every horn of adversity, every election, every death, every life, every success and every failure, all change, all permanence, the perished leaf, the unutterable glory of stars--all things speak truth to the thoughtful spirit.
      - [Truth]

Knowledge is power as well as fame.
      - [Knowledge]

Mathematics may, be briefly defined as the science of quantities, and is one of the most important of disciplining studies which engage the practical student.
      - [Mathematics]

Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.
      - [Argument]

Power, carried to extremes, is always liable to reaction.
      - [Power]

The glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the declaration of independence.
      - [Right]

There was a State without kings or nobles; there was a church without a bishop; there was a people governed by grave magistrates which it had elected, and equal laws which it had framed.
      - in a speech before the New England Society
        [Government]

We join ourselves to no party that does not carry the flag and I keep step to the music of the Union.
      - in a letter to a Worcester Whig Convention
        [Patriotism]

You don't want a diction gathered from the newspapers, caught from the air, common and unsuggestive; but you want one whose every word is full-freighted with suggestion and association, with beauty and power.
      - [Preaching]

Its Constitution--the glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence.
      - Letter to the Maine Whig Committee
        [Oratory]


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