All I mean by truth is what I can't help thinking.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Contributed by: Zaady
I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.
Source: Panhandle Oil Co. v. Knox, 1928
The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.
Source: Law and the Court
If a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient.
Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
Source: Compañia de Tobacos v. Collector, 1904
Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.
Source: Reply to a reporter’s question on his ninetieth birthday, March 8, 1931
The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to be all one.
Source: Speech at Bar Association Dinner, Boston, 1900
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