Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 idealism

I think, I said, I can make it plain to Benjamin Franklin here that there are at least six personalities distinctly to be recognized as taking part in that dialogue between John and Thomas. Three Johns: 1. The real John; known only to his Maker. 2. John's ideal John; never the real one, and often very unlike him. 3. Thomas' ideal John; never the real John, nor John's John, but often very unlike either. Three Thomases: 1. The real Thomas. 2. Thomas' ideal Thomas. 3. John's ideal Thomas.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on doubt and principles

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on direction, heaven, lies, and world

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

And if I should live to be The last leaf upon the tree In the spring, Let them smile, as I do now, At the old forsaken bough Where I cling

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The last leaf

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on rudeness and wisdom

Wisdom has taught us to be calm and meek, To take one blow, and turn the other cheek; It is not written what a man shall do If the rude caitiff smite the other too!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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