Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on genius

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Genius does not herd with genius.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on men and world

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The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The brightest blades grow dim with rust, The fairest meadow white with snow.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Chanson without Music.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on home and mind

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His home! the Western giant smiles, And twirls the spotty globe to find it; This little speck, the British Isles? 'T is but a freckle,-never mind it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: A Good Time Going.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on certainty

Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that are not so.

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 children, love, and suffering

Yes, child of suffering, thou mayst well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: A Rhymed Lesson. Urania.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on children, honesty, truth, and world

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on advice, books, elderly, and men

The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on cheerfulness

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: On the Seventieth Birthday of Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1889).

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on character, justice, learning, practicality, and wisdom

I was just going to say, when I was interrupted, that one of the many ways of classifying minds is under the heads of arithmetical and algebraical intellects. All economical and practical wisdom is an extension of the following arithmetical formula: 2 + 2 = 4. Every philosophical proposition has the more general character of the expression a + b = c. We are mere operatives, empirics, and egotists until we learn to think in letters instead of figures.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.

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