Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on achievement, birds, humility, life, love, neighbors, and thinking

With all humility, I think, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." Infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing, you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor: you must be living in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on fame and thinking

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on change and people

People talk of fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Holmes-Laski Letters, Vol. I

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on ideas, men, and worth

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on experience, life, and worth

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on beginning

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on action, life, passion, sharing, and time

As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on decisions, faith, and god

The great act of faith is when man decides that he is not God.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Letter to William James, 1907

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