Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Like sentinel and nun, they keep Their vigil on the green.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Cambridge Churchyard.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on luck

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To brag little, to lose well, To crow gently if in luck, To pay up, to own up, To shut up if beaten, Are the virtues of a sportingman.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on lies

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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. vi.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on clarity, creativity, crisis, friendship, genius, happiness, heart, love, mind, nature, observation, poetry, questions, reason, sentimentality, understanding, wisdom, and world

The movements of exaltation which belong to genius are egotistic by their very nature. A calm, clear mind, not subject to the spasms and crises which are so often met with in creative or intensely perceptive natures, is the best basis for love or friendship. - Observe, I am talking about minds. I won't say, the more intellect, the less capacity for loving; for that would do wrong to the understanding and reason; - but on the other hand, that the brain runs away with the heart's best blood, which gives the world a few pages of wisdom or sentiment or poetry, instead of making one other heart happy, I have no question.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The hat is the ultimum moriens of respectability.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. viii.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on death, fame, magic, and music

A few can touch the magic string, And noisy Fame is proud to win them; Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Voiceless.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Their discords sting through Burns and Moore, Like hedgehogs dressed in lace.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Music-Grinders.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on fame, friendship, gold, praise, and sharing

There is no friend like the old friend who has shared our morning days, No greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise; Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on good

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Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels When the tired player shuffles off the buskin; A page of Hood may do a fellow good After a scolding from Carlyle or Ruskin.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: How not to settle it.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on deed, food, heaven, hunger, immortality, labor, life, men, and words

These are the hands whose sturdy labor brings The peasant's food, the golden pomp of kings; This is the page whose letters shall be seen, Changed by the sun to words of living green; This is the scholar whose immortal pen Spells the first lesson hunger taught to men; These are the lines that heaven-commanded Toil Shows on his deed, - the charter of the soil!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Ploughman,

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