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Boston is the capital and largest city of the state of Massachusetts (officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), in the United States. Boston also serves as county seat of the state's Suffolk County. It is the largest city in New England. The city is the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.5 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country.

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston. Upon American independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub, as well as a center for education and culture.

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Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81-82.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A solid man of Boston;
    A comfortable man with dividends,
    And the first salmon and the first green peas.
  • Solid men of Boston, banish long potations!
    Solid men of Boston, make no long orations!
    • Charles Morris, Pitt and Dundas's Return to London from Wimbledon, American song, from Lyra Urbanica.
  • 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.
    • Billy Pitt and the Farmer, printed in "Asylum for Fugitive Pieces" (1786), without author's name.
  • 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.

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