Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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

I think that, 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 judged not to have lived.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Memorial Day Address, 1884

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on art

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If we are only as the potter's clay Made to be fashioned as the artist wills, And broken into shards if we offend The eye of Him who made us, it is well.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Rights.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on wishes

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Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on friendship, goals, kindness, time, and work

The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, "The work is done."

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: radio address on 90th birthday

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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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