Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

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 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 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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on wisdom and world

It is the folly of the world, constantly, which confounds its wisdom.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Professor at the Breakfast Table

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