Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes

American writer and poet

Lived from: 1809-1894

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Oliver Wendell Holmes

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    Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
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    Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
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    Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
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    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.
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    Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.
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    Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
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    How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!
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    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.
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    I firmly believe that if the whole material medical could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the sea.
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    I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
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    I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.
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    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.
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    If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say: meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it, and had better be on speaking terms with it.
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    In walking, the will and the muscles are so accustomed to working together and performing their task with so little expenditure of force that the intellect is left comparatively free.
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    Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.