Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Quotes


To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
Take a music-bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.
The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Age, like distance lends a double charm.
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
Man has his will, - but woman has her way.
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be "consistent".
And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.
Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
Life is a romantic business, but you have to make the romance.
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.
The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.
Memory is a net: one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.

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