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Oliver Wendell Holmes
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.'
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Race

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Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Life

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The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.
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#Power #Government

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
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#Certainty

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What I wouldn't give to be seventy again!
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#Birthday

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Carve every word before you let it fall.
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#Thoughts And Thinking

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As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Ability

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

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

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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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#Advice

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To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
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#Age And Aging #Pearls of Wisdom #Cheerfulness #Hope

Oliver Wendell Holmes
And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Conversation

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father's have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Expectation

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
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#Children

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes
People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be ''consistent.''
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#Contradiction

Oliver Wendell Holmes
the hydrostatic paradox of controversy. Don't you know what that means? Well, I will tell you. You know that, if you had a bent tube, one arm of which was of the size of a pipe-stem, and the other big enough to hold the ocean, water would stand at the same height in one as in the other. Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way. And the fools know it.
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#Controversy

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Critics And Criticism

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Death

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Democracy

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
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#Experts

Oliver Wendell Holmes
This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.
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#Law And Lawyers

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Freedom Of Speech

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Genius

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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 in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
#Humility