Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on silence

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And silence, like a poultice, comes To heal the blows of sound.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: To an Insect.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on men

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Everybody likes and respects self-made men. It is a great deal better to be made in that way than not to be made at all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. i.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on good, husbands, kindness, and women

I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Professor at the Breakfast Table

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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 on art, heaven, life, past, seasons, and soul

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll! Leave thy low-vaulted past! Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Till thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Chambered Nautilus.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on sentimentality and time

You think they are crusaders sent From some infernal clime, To pluck the eyes of sentiment And dock the tail of Rhyme, To crack the voice of Melody And break the legs of Time.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Music-Grinders.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on heart and nations

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation, evermore!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Voyage of the Good Ship Union

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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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