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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    The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.
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    The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
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    The most foolish kind of a book is a kind of leaky boat on the sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.
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    The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years.
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    The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, The work is done.
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    The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
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    The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a deal longer.
    Source: The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859) Ch. XI
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    The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.
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    The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.
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    The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

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    The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
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    The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
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    This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.
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    Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.
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    To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.