Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes (90 quotations)

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1. A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

2. A man's mind, stretched by new ideas, may never reurn to it's original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

3. A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

4. A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

5. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

6. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

7. A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

8. A page of history is worth a pound of logic. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

9. A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

10. A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

11. A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

13. Beat a man with the strength of you argument, not with the strength of your arm. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

14. Between two groups of men that want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds I see no remedy except force... It seems to me that every society rests on the death of men. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

15. Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

16. Beware how you take away hope from another human being. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

17. Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

18. Death tugs at my ear and says: 'Live, I am coming.' - Oliver Wendell Holmes

19. 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

20. Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

21. Every pursuit is great when greatly pursued. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

22. Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

23. Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and somtimes agaisnt it - but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

24. Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

25. Have the courage to act instead of react. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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