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To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a lifetime's experience.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The life of the law has not been logic but experience.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man's mind, stretched by new ideas, may never reurn to it's original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science is good furniture for one's upper chamber, if there is common sense below.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every pursuit is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and being stumbled over.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Death tugs at my ear and says: "Live, I am coming."

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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