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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.”


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Have the courage to act instead of react.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn’t give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.”

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “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 Quote: “Even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and being stumbled over.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.”


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that – one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “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 Quote: “A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “The Amen of nature is always a flower.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.”

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

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