Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on cities and earth

The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on trouble

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Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on ideas, mind, and originality

A man's mind stretched by a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on circumstances, colors, contentment, life, thought, and time

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: opinion, Towne v. Eisner, January 7, 1918

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on learning, pleasure, quality, and world

The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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