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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    Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
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    Speak not too well of one who scarce will know himself transfigured in its roseate glow; Say kindly of him what is, chiefly, true, remembering always he belongs to you; Deal with him as a truant, if you will, But claim him, keep him, call him brother still!
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    Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.
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    Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
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    Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
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    Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.
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    The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
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    The Amen of nature is always a flower.
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    The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
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    The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
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    The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
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    The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
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    The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
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    The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
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    The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract.