Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on children and education

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on history, logic, and worth

A page of history is worth a pound of logic.

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 books, charm, justice, music, and thought

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on generations and mortality

It is something to make two blades of grass grow where only one was growing, it is much more to have been the occasion of the planting of an oak which shall defy twenty scores of winters, or of an elm which shall canopy with its green cloud of foliage half as many generations of mortal immortalities.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on enthusiasm, faith, life, and worth

It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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