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56 Famous Quotes by Oliver Wendell Holmes
3/8/1841 - 3/6/1935
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
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The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul."

Medicine Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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I find 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.

Action Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Life Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

Courtesy Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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!

Brotherhood Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job.

Constitution Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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.

Music Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.

Trying Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul.

Ageing Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.

Elderly Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

Enthusiasm Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A man may fulfil the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

Fulfilment Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

Growth Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.

Insanity Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

Motivational Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

Progress Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Love prefers twilight to daylight

Romantic love Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

Tact Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.

Education Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.

Perceptions Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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.

Books Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

Doubt Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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?

Humanity Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

Language Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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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.

Prejudice Quotes, by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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