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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    People are born fools and damned for not being wiser.
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    People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?
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    People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.
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    People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be ''consistent.''
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    People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism.
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    Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
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    Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
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    Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.
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    Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
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    Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if it has common sense on the ground floor.
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    Several years before birth, advertise for a couple of parents belonging to long-lived families.
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    Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.
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    Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
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    Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface.
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    Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.