Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on lies

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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. vi.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on clarity, creativity, crisis, friendship, genius, happiness, heart, love, mind, nature, observation, poetry, questions, reason, sentimentality, understanding, wisdom, and world

The movements of exaltation which belong to genius are egotistic by their very nature. A calm, clear mind, not subject to the spasms and crises which are so often met with in creative or intensely perceptive natures, is the best basis for love or friendship. - Observe, I am talking about minds. I won't say, the more intellect, the less capacity for loving; for that would do wrong to the understanding and reason; - but on the other hand, that the brain runs away with the heart's best blood, which gives the world a few pages of wisdom or sentiment or poetry, instead of making one other heart happy, I have no question.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The hat is the ultimum moriens of respectability.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. viii.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on death, fame, magic, and music

A few can touch the magic string, And noisy Fame is proud to win them; Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Voiceless.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Their discords sting through Burns and Moore, Like hedgehogs dressed in lace.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Music-Grinders.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on children

O Caroline, Caroline, child of the sun, We can never forget that our hearts have been one. . . .

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on eternity, garden, life, past, and time

They walked over the crackling leaves in the garden, between the lines of box, breathing its fragrance of eternity; for this is one of the odors which carry us out of time into the abysses of the unbeginning past; if we ever lived on another ball of stone than this, it must be that there was box growing on it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on people

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People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. i.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on dreams, earth, peace, preparation, understanding, and vision

I think it not improbable that man, like the grub that prepares a chamber for the winged thing it never has seen but is to be . . . may have cosmic destinies that he does not understand. And so beyond the vision of battling races and an impoverished earth, I catch a dreaming glimpse of peace.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on dance

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Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky. Beneath it rung the battle shout, And burst the cannon's roar- The meteor of the ocean air Shall sweep the clouds no more.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Old Ironsides.

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