Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 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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