Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on belief, education, fear, imagination, reason, and superstition

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 (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of one's times.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on envy, equality, passion, and respect

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on destruction and power

The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Panhandle Oil Co. v. Knox, 1928

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on caring and power

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 (1809 - 1894)

Source: Law and the Court

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on common sense, good, patience, and science

If a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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