Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on life

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To live is to function. That is all there is in living.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on ambition, fortune, gold, good, honor, indifference, learning, life, passion, reward, and youth

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 (1809 - 1894)

Source: Memorial Day address, 1884

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on agreement, constitution, freedom, principles, thought, and attachment

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 (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on aim, facts, imagination, labor, men, and reason

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 (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on life, opportunity, and time

I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on friendship, goals, justice, kindness, life, needs, power, rest, time, and work

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 (1809 - 1894)

Source: Radio address on his ninetieth birthday, March 8, 1931

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