104 Total Quotes

Oliver Wendell Quotes

Oliver Wendell
A man over ninety is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbors: he is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost; and the young folks of sixty and seventy feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp.
Oliver Wendell
#Birthday

Oliver Wendell
The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
Oliver Wendell
#Education

Oliver Wendell
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.
Oliver Wendell
#Sin

Oliver Wendell
Man wants but little drink below, / But wants that little strong.
Oliver Wendell
#Man

Oliver Wendell
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 time that the peril of being judged not to have lived at all.
Oliver Wendell
#Power

Oliver Wendell
We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
Oliver Wendell
#Great

Oliver Wendell
Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell
#Commonplace

Oliver Wendell
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
Oliver Wendell
#Truth

Oliver Wendell
One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell
#Mind

Oliver Wendell
Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
Oliver Wendell
#Theory

Oliver Wendell
Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.
Oliver Wendell
#People #Conceit

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

Oliver Wendell
What a comfort a dull but kindly person is, to be sure, at times! A ground-glass shade over a gas-lamp does not bring more solace to our dazzled eyes than such a one to our minds.
Oliver Wendell
#Comfort #Dullness

Oliver Wendell
God's plan made a hopeful beginning. But man spoiled his chances by sinning. We trust that the story will end in God's glory. But, at present, the other side's winning.
Oliver Wendell
#Sin

Oliver Wendell
Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
Oliver Wendell
#Books And Reading

Oliver Wendell
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!
Oliver Wendell
#Brotherhood

Oliver Wendell
Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell
#Ideas #Mind

Oliver Wendell
Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?
Oliver Wendell
#Retirement

Oliver Wendell
I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.
Oliver Wendell
#Age And Aging

Oliver Wendell
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell
#Age And Aging

Oliver Wendell
To live is to function. That is all there is in living.
Oliver Wendell
#Life #Living

Oliver Wendell
I firmly believe that if the whole material medical could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the sea.
Oliver Wendell
#Medicine

Oliver Wendell
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.
Oliver Wendell
#Books And Reading

Oliver Wendell
Several years before birth, advertise for a couple of parents belonging to long-lived families.
Oliver Wendell
#Advertising

Oliver Wendell
No! Ne'er was mingled such a draught In palace, hall or arbor, As freemen brewed and tyrants quaffed, That night in Boston Harbor
Oliver Wendell
#Night