Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about thought
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The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years. .

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Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom. .

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Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us. .

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And when you stick on conversations burrs, dont strew your pathway with those dreadful urs. .

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The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about man
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To have doubted ones own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. .

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A page of history is worth a pound of logic. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about history
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Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about history
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Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about mind
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Mans mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions. .

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A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter. .

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A moments insight is sometimes worth a lifes experience. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about life
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Stupidity often saves a man from going mad. .

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

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No stranger can get a great many notes of torture out of a human soul it takes one that knows it well -- parent, child, brother, sister, intimate. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about soul
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Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. .

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The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract. .

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To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about hope
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When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about inspiration
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Death tugs at my ear and says: Live, I am coming. .

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There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight. .

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Every pursuit is great when greatly pursued. .

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The individual will always be a minority. If a man is in a minority of one, we lock him up. .

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about science
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Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about mind
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Between two groups of men that want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds I see no remedy except force... It seems to me that every society rests on the death of men. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about death
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We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about opinion
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And Silence, like a poultice, comesTo heal the blows of sound. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about silence
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Our brains are seventy-year clocks.The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about life
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The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about think
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There is no friend like anold friendWho has shared your morning daysNo greeting like hiswelcomeNo homage like hispraiseFame is the scentlessflowerWith gaudy crown of gold;But friendship is the breathing roseWith seeds in every fold. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about friendship
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Men, like peaches and pears, grow sweet a little while before they begin to decay. .

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The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about beauty
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The bigot is like the pupil of the eye, the more light you put upon it, the more it will contract. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about light
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A mans mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about mind
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Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about music
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There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young! .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about time
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Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about love
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There is something frightful in the way in which not only characteristic qualities, but particular manifestations of them, are repeated from generation to generation. .

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One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! .

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Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about life
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Writing or printing is like shooting with a rifle; you may hit your readers mind, or miss it - but talking is like playing at a mark with the pipe of an engine; if it is within reach, and you have time enough, you cant help hitting it .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about writing
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The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about world
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Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all .

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Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface. .

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Dont 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 Quotes about friendship
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For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about soul
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I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about life
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And silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound .

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes about silence

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