Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes & Wallpapers

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Total Quotes: 497


The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

What a comfort a dull but kindly person is, to be sure, at times! A ground-glass shade over a gas-lamp does not bring more solace to our dazzled eyes than such a one to our minds. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death-of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Winter is past; the heart of Nature warms Beneath the wrecks of unresisted storms; Doubtful at first, suspected more than seen, The southern slopes are fringed with tender green. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every real master of speaking or writing ores his personality as he would any other serviceable material; the very moment a speaker or writer begins to use it, not for his main purpose, but for vanity's sake, as all weak people are sure to do, hearers, and readers feel the difference in a moment. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The lengthening shadows wait The first pale stars of twilight. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The wisest woman you talk with is ignorant of something that you know; but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Scarce one tall frigate walks the sea Or skirts the safer shores Of all that bore to victory Our stout old Commodores. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Everything is twice as large, measured on a three-year-old's three-foot scale on a thirty-year-old's six-foot scale. Oliver Wendell Holmes

There's nothing that keeps its youth, So far as I know, but a tree and truth. Oliver Wendell Holmes

From forty to fifty a man must move upward, or the natural falling off in the vigor of life will carry him rapidly downward. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Reason means truth and those who are not governed by it take the chance that someday the sunken fact will rip the bottom out of their boat. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware of making your moral staple consist of the negative virtues. Oliver Wendell Holmes

When I feel inclined to read poetry I take down my Dictionary. The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as that of sentences. The author may arrange the gems effectively, but their shape and lustre have been given by the attrition of ages. Oliver Wendell Holmes

I would never use a long word, even, where a short one would answer the purpose. I know there are professors in this country who 'ligate' arteries. Other surgeons only tie them, and it stops the bleeding just as well. Oliver Wendell Holmes

You think they are crusaders sent From some infernal clime, To pluck the eyes of sentiment And dock the tail of Rhyme, To crack the voice of Melody And break the legs of Time. Oliver Wendell Holmes

When the last reader reads no more. Oliver Wendell Holmes

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes

You can hire logic, in the shape of a lawyer, to prove anything that you want to prove. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it of wood, you must make it of words... Oliver Wendell Holmes

I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me Oliver Wendell Holmes

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad. Oliver Wendell Holmes

What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left! Oliver Wendell Holmes

No families take so little medicine as those of doctors, except those of apothecaries. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Leverage is everything-don't begin to pry until you've got the long arm on your side. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap. Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old age is fifteen years older than I am. Oliver Wendell Holmes

This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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 by him. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Great constitutional provisions must be administered with caution. Some play must be allowed for the joints of the machine, and it must be remembered that legislatures are ultimate guardians of the liberties and welfare of the people in quite as great a degree as the courts. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A good soldier, like a good horse, cannot be of a bad color. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wit throws a single ray, separated from the rest, - red, yellow, blue, or any intermediate shade, - upon an object; never white light; that is the province of wisdom. We get beautiful effect from wit, - all the prismatic colors, - but never the object as it is in fair daylight. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! Long has it waved on high, And many an eye has danced to see That banner in the sky. Oliver Wendell Holmes

One word can charm all wrongs away, - The sacred name of Wife. Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is no possible success without some opposition as a fulcrum; force is always aggressive, and crowds something or other, if it does not hit and trample upon it. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The bigot is like the pupil of the eye, the more light you put upon it, the more it will contract. Oliver Wendell Holmes

One of the greatest pleasures of childhood is found in the mysteries which it hides from the skepticism of the elders, and works up into small mythologies of its own. Oliver Wendell Holmes

And when you stick on conversation's burs, Don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Talking is one of the fine arts - the noblest, the most important, the most difficult - and its fluent harmonies may be spoiled by the intrusion of a single harsh note. Oliver Wendell Holmes

In his own verse the poet still we find, In his own page his memory lives enshrined, As in their amber sweets the smothered bees, - As the fair cedar, fallen before the breeze, Lies self-embalmed amidst the mouldering trees. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Easy-crying widows take new husbands soonest; there is nothing like wet weather for transplanting. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Youth longs and manhood strives, but age remembers. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The sea drowns out humanity and time. It has no sympathy with either, for it belongs to eternity; and of that it sings its monotonous song forever and ever. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. Oliver Wendell Holmes

For nothing burns with such amazing speed, As the dry sticks of a religious creed. Oliver Wendell Holmes

There are many things which we can afford to forget which it is yet well to learn. Oliver Wendell Holmes

I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wilt Thou not take the doubt of Thy children whom the time commands to try all things in the place of the unquestioning faith of earlier generations? Oliver Wendell Holmes

After sixty years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins to be something personal about it. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The joy of life is to put out one's power in some natural and useful or harmless way. There is no other. And the real misery is not to do this. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have enough of it. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men, like peaches and pears, grow sweet a little while before they begin to decay. Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be forgotten is to sleep in peace with the undisturbed myriads, no longer subject to the chills and heats, the blasts, the sleet, the dust, which assail in endless succession that shadow of a man which we call his reputation. Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man's opinions are generally of much more value than his arguments. Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is well that the stately synagogue should lift its walls by the side of the aspiring cathedral, a perpetual reminder that there are many mansions in Father's earthly house as well as in the heavenly ones. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Society is always trying in some way or other to grind us down to a single flat surface. Oliver Wendell Holmes



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