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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.”

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



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

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

Have the courage to act instead of react.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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.”

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


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.”

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


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

Even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and being stumbled over.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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.”

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



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

Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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!”

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


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

The Amen of nature is always a flower.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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.”

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



Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.”

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


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

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Nothing is so common as the desire to be remarkable.”

Nothing is so common as the desire to be remarkable.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Man has his will, but woman has her way.”

Man has his will, but woman has her way.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.”

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


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!”

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.”

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.”

Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “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?”

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


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

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


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.”

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Beware how you take away hope from another human being.”

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “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.”

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


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way – and the fools know it.”

Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way – and the fools know it.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable.”

You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “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.”

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


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library,’The medicines of the soul.”

The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library,’The medicines of the soul.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Leverage is everything-don’t begin to pry until you’ve got the long arm on your side.”

Leverage is everything-don’t begin to pry until you’ve got the long arm on your side.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Love prefers twilight to daylight.”

Love prefers twilight to daylight.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Yes, child of suffering, thou may’st well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!”

Yes, child of suffering, thou may’st well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.”

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “The Indian is but a sketch in red crayon of a rudimental manhood. To the problem of his relation to the white race, there is one solution: extermination.”

The Indian is but a sketch in red crayon of a rudimental manhood. To the problem of his relation to the white race, there is one solution: extermination.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.”

Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.”

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.”

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

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “To obtain a man’s opinion of you, make him mad.”

To obtain a man’s opinion of you, make him mad.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.”

A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote: “The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.”

The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

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