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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – 15 Quotes

 

15 Quotes by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



Oliver Wendell Holmes – 41 Quotes

 

41 Quotes by Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

The Amen of nature is always a flower.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Have the courage to act instead of react.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


A new untruth is better than an old truth.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Controversy equalizes fools and wise men – and the fools know it.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


If I were dying my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Men do not quit playing because they grow old they grow old because they quit playing.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


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


The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man’s upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Don’t you stay at home of evenings? Don’t you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions – adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


I won’t accept anything less than the best a player’s capable of doing… and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes


A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

– Oliver Wendell Holmes