**“** You can hire logic, in the shape of a lawyer, to prove anything that you want to prove. **”**

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., *The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table* (1858). copy citation

Author | Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. |
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Source | The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table |

Topic | logic lawyer proof |

Date | 1858 |

Language | English |

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Weblink | http://www.gutenberg.org/files/751/751-h/751-h.htm |

## Context

“—If a logical mind ever found out anything with its logic?—I should say that its most frequent work was to build a pons asinorum over chasms which shrewd people can bestride without such a structure. You can hire logic, in the shape of a lawyer, to prove anything that you want to prove. You can buy treatises to show that Napoleon never lived, and that no battle of Bunker-hill was ever fought. The great minds are those with a wide span, which couple truths related to, but far removed from, each other.”
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