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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr quotes (31)

Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Civilization

To live is to function. That is all there is in living.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Life

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Kissing

To know is not less than to feel.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Unsorted

The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Materialism

There are one-story intellects two-story intellects and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors who have no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason generalize using the labors of fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize imagine predict; their best illumination comes from above through the skylight.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Fact

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Opinion

It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it to recall what our country has done for each of us and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Country

Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Thief

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Hope

The great act of faith is when man decides that he is not God.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: God

A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: History

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 ones neighbor as ones 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 Jr.   Category: Achievement

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Gravity

To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of ones times.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Passion

The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one's self: the work is done. But just as one says that the answer comes: The race is over but the work never is done while the power to work remains. The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Age

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Tact

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Effort

A man's mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Idea

Through our great good fortune in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. While we are permitted to scorn nothing but indifference and do not pretend to undervalue the worldly rewards of ambition we have seen with our own eyes beyond and above the gold fields the snowy heights of honor and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Youth

A word is not a crystal transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Word

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Belief

A childs education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Children

The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Trade

I despise making the most of ones time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Neglect

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought; not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Speak

The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Tax

Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Ambition

Grow we must if we outgrow all that love us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Growth

A moments insight is sometimes worth a lifes experience
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Creative

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent but command.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Power