Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 fame, friendship, gold, praise, and sharing

There is no friend like the old friend who has shared our morning days, No greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise; Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on good

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Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels When the tired player shuffles off the buskin; A page of Hood may do a fellow good After a scolding from Carlyle or Ruskin.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: How not to settle it.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on deed, food, heaven, hunger, immortality, labor, life, men, and words

These are the hands whose sturdy labor brings The peasant's food, the golden pomp of kings; This is the page whose letters shall be seen, Changed by the sun to words of living green; This is the scholar whose immortal pen Spells the first lesson hunger taught to men; These are the lines that heaven-commanded Toil Shows on his deed, - the charter of the soil!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Ploughman,

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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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on god

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Nail to the mast her holy flag, Set every threadbare sail, And give her to the god of storms, The lightning and the gale!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Old Ironsides.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on garden, love, plants, and soul

There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on common sense and science

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Poet at the Breakfast-Table.

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