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.

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 thinking and truth

All I mean by truth is what I can't help thinking.

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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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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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