Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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Man has will, but woman has her way.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Beware of making your moral staple consist of the negative virtues.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Don’t be consistent, but be simply true.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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There’s nothing that keeps its youth, So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Science is piecemeal revelation.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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As a physician, I am grateful for small fevers.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The worst of a modern stylish mansion is that it has no place for ghosts.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A sense of wrong doing is an enhancement of pleasure.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Reason means truth and those who are not governed by it take the chance that someday the sunken fact will rip the bottom out of their boat.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Logic is logic. That’s all I say.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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I like books. I was born and bred among them, and have the easy feeling, when I get in their presence, that a stable-boy has among horses.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Knowledge and timber shouldn’t be much used till they are seasoned.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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There are many things which we can afford to forget which it is yet well to learn.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself;stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Life, not the parson, teaches conduct.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Where we love is home, Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the centre of each and every town or city.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Apologizing – a very desperate habit – one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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