Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Source: Speech at Bar Association Dinner, Boston
Contributed by: Zaady
Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
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.
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
Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
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.
Source: The Common Law, 1881
The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Source: The Class of ‘61. From speeches.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
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