Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on death, friendship, good, life, men, and paradox

There is that glorious epicurean paradox uttered by my friend the historian, in one of his flashing moments: "Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries." To this must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men: "Good Americans when they die go to Paris."

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on future and study

Descartes commanded the future from his study more than Napoleon from the throne.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on blush, freedom, honor, laughter, and memory

But Memory blushes at the sneer, And Honor turns with frown defiant, And Freedom, leaning on her spear, Laughs louder than the laughing giant.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: A Good Time Going.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on ideas, mind, and originality

Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on salvation and work

Each of us has to work out his salvation in his own way. The most that another can do is to be able to give a helping hand.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on beginning, ignorance, and knowledge

The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

When the last reader reads no more.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Last Reader.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on doctors and lawyers

When lawyers take what they would give And doctors give what they would take.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Latterday Warnings.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Little I ask; my wants are few, I only want a hut of stone, (A very plain brownstone will do,) That I may call my own.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Contentment.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on conversation

And when you stick on conversation's burrs, Don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: A Rhymed Lesson. Urania.

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