Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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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 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 age, discovery, god, secrets, and success

Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Reply to a reporter’s question on his ninetieth birthday, March 8, 1931

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on duty, joy, and laws

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to be all one.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Speech at Bar Association Dinner, Boston, 1900

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