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43 Famous Quotes by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
8/29/1809 - 10/7/1894
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Oliver Wendell Holmes     Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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Everything is twice as large, measured on a three-year-old's three-foot scale on a thirty-year-old's six-foot scale.

Comparisons Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Poet at the Breakfast Table (I)

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Ay, here her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky.

Flags Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: A Metrical Essay

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Scarce one tall frigate walks the sea Or skirts the safer shores Of all that bore to victory Our stout old Commodores.

Navy Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: at a dinner given to Admiral Farragut

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A man must get a thing before he can forget it.

Forgetfulness Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Medical Essays (300)

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Yes, child of suffering, thou may'st well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!

Poverty Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Urania; or, A Rhymed Lesson (l. 325)

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One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,

Patriotism Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Voyage of the Good Ship Union--Poems of the Class of '29

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Day hath put on his jacket, and around His burning bosom buttoned it with stars.

Evening Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Evening

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Of course everybody likes and respects self-made men. It is a great deal better to be made in that way than not to be made at all.

Education Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (l. 1)

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I find that 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.

Innovation Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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As vessels starting from ports thousands of miles apart pass close to each other in the naked breadth of the ocean, nay, sometimes even touch in the dark.

Meeting Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Professor at the Breakfast Table

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Vain? Let it be so! Nature was her teacher, What if a lovely and unsistered creature Loved her own harmless gift of pleasing feature. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,

Vanity Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Iris, Her Book--The Professor at the Breakfast-Table (X)

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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits the all.

Lying Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

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Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.

Libraries Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Poet at the Breakfast Table (VIII)

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The first thing naturally when one enters a scholar's study or library, is to look at his books. One gets a notion very speedily of his tastes and the range of his pursuits by a glance round his book-shelves.

Libraries Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Poet at the Breakfast Table (VIII)

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Nail to the mast her holy flag, Set every threadbare sail, And give her to the God of storms, The lightning and the gale.

Flags Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: A Metrical Essay

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It is not often that an opinion is worth expressing, which cannot take care of itself.

Opinion Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Medical Essays (211)

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The hat is the ultimatum moriens of respectability.

Hatters Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VIII)

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I know it is a sin For me to sit and grin At him here; But the old three-cornered hat And the breeches and all that Are so queer.

Hatters Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: The Last Leaf

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Thou art a female, Katydid! I know it by the trill That quivers through thy piercing notes So petulant and shrill. I think there is a knot of you Beneath the hollow tree, A knot of spinster Katydids,-- Do Katydids drink tea?

Katydids Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: To an Insect

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Grave is the Master's look; his forehead wears Thick rows of wrinkles, prints of worrying cares: Uneasy lies the heads of all that rule, His worst of all whose kingdom is a school. Supreme he sits; before the awful frown That binds his brows the boldest eye goes down; Not more submissive Israel heard and saw At Sinai's foot the Giver of the Law.

Teaching Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: The School Boy

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People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.

Jesting Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (I)

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It cannot be repeated too often that the safety of great wealth with us lies in obedience to the new version of the Old World axiom--Richesse oblige.

Wealth Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: A Moral Antipathy--Introduction

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Then there is that glorious Epicurean paradox, uttered by my friend, the Historian in one of his flashing moments: "Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries."

Luxury Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

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Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar.

Boston Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (VI)

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No, my friends, I go (always other things being equal) for the man that inherits family traditions and the cumulative humanities of at least four or five generations.

Ancestry Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , Source: Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (ch. I)

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