Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 gifts and mistakes

Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on society and taxes

Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Compañia de Tobacos v. Collector, 1904

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on past and thought

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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on agreement, constitution, freedom, principles, thought, and attachment

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought; not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought that we hate.

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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.

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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 experience, laws, life, and logic

The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Common Law, 1881

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on life and painting

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Class of ‘61. From speeches.

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