Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on belief, divinity, earth, heart, love, and men

Men are tattooed with their special beliefs like so many South Sea Islanders; but a real human heart with divine love in it beats with the same glow under all the patterns of all earth's thousand tribes.

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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on day, imperfection, knowledge, prophets, and salvation

Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.

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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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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on kiss

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The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on mind and speech

The flowering moments of the mind Drop half their petals in our speech.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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