Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The freeman casting with unpurchased hand The vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Poetry, a Metrical Essay.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on justice

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It went to pieces all at once- All at once and nothing first, Just as bubbles do when they burst.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Deacon’s Masterpiece

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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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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on originality and thought

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of association.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

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

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thou say'st an undisputed thing In such a solemn way.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: To an Insect.

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