Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on books, laws, mathematics, and nations

The law embodies the story of a nation's development through many centuries, and it cannot be dealt with as if it contained only the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Common Law, 1881

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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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