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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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.
The flowering moments of the mind Drop half their petals in our speech.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. ii.
Grow we must, if we outgrow all that love us.
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