Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on aim, facts, imagination, labor, men, and reason

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts, are one-story men. Two-story men compare, reason, generalize, using the labors of fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, predict; their best illumination comes from above, through the skylight.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on life, opportunity, and time

I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on friendship, goals, justice, kindness, life, needs, power, rest, time, and work

The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one's self: "the work is done." But just as one says that, the answer comes: "The race is over, but the work never is done while the power to work remains." The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be, while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Radio address on his ninetieth birthday, March 8, 1931

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on thinking and truth

All I mean by truth is what I can't help thinking.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on envy, equality, passion, and respect

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on destruction and power

The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Panhandle Oil Co. v. Knox, 1928

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on caring and power

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Law and the Court

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on common sense, good, patience, and science

If a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on life, questions, and worth

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Speech at Bar Association Dinner, Boston

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on hope

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Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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