Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809 - 1894

A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on heaven and lies

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)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on death and good

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Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on silence

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And silence, like a poultice, comes To heal the blows of sound.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: To an Insect.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on men

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Everybody likes and respects self-made men. It is a great deal better to be made in that way than not to be made at all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. i.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on good, husbands, kindness, and women

I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Professor at the Breakfast Table

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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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