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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    Man has his will, but woman has her way.
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    Man has will, but woman has her way.
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    Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.
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    Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
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    Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.
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    Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
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    Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father's have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think.
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    Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
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    No gentleman can be a philosopher an no philosopher a gentleman: to the philosopher everything is fluid - even himself.
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    Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.

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    Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
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    Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
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    On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
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    One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
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    Our brains our seventy year clocks, the angel of life winds them up once and for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hands of the angel of resurrection.