Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Once expanded to the dimensions of a larger idea, the mind never returns to its original size.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on history and logic

"An ounce of history is worth a pound of logic."

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on existence, purpose, and growth

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on what others are doing, actions, what we think, and conformity

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or that our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than we suspect of what we think.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on friendship and tact

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 (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on country and life

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 (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on effort

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The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on acceptance, competition, desires, good, ideas, power, thought, trade, and truth

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 (1809 - 1894)

Source: dissent, Abrams v. United States, 1919

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on rules

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The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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