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Oliver Wendell Holmes
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Common Sense

Oliver Wendell Holmes
A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Disaster #Calamity

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#America #Tragedies

Oliver Wendell Holmes
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Opinions

Oliver Wendell Holmes
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
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#Men #Ideas

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The longing for certainty... is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Certainty

Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#God #Loneliness

Oliver Wendell Holmes
For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone / when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will / then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought / the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do / can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Conviction

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Experience

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Old time, in whose banks we deposit our notes, Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats; He keeps all his customers still in arrears By lending them minutes and charging them years
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#Banks

Oliver Wendell Holmes
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Doubt

Oliver Wendell Holmes
I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Action

Oliver Wendell Holmes
You commit a sin of omission if you do not utilize all the power that is within you. All men have claims on man, and to the man with special talents, this is a very special claim. It is required that a man take part in the actions and clashes of his
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Action

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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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#Ancestry

Oliver Wendell Holmes
A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Integrity #Man

Oliver Wendell Holmes
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#History And Historians #History

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Duty

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Life

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Ideas

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Hope

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Mind

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Law And Lawyers

Oliver Wendell Holmes
I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. With all humility, I think whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor; you must be living with your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Humility

Oliver Wendell Holmes
On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Life