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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
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The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, The work is done. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

For, stripped of the temporary associations which gave rise to it, 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

Longevity is having a chronic disease - and taking care of it. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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

Who does not feel that Nansen's account of his search for the Pole rather loses than gains in ideal satisfaction by the pretense of a few trifling acquisitions for science? Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

I do not think we need trouble ourselves with the thought that my view depends upon differences of degree. The whole law does so as soon as it is civilized.... Negligence is all degree- that of the defendant here degree of the nicest sort; and between the variations according to distance that I suppose to exist and the simple universality of the rules in the Twelve Tables of the Leges Barbarorum, there lies the culture of two thousand years. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

It will need more than the Nineteenth Amendment to convince me that there are no differences between men and women, or that legislation cannot take those differences into account. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience... The law embodies the story of a nation's development through many centuries, and it cannot be dealt with as if it contained only the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young! Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Eloquence may set fire to reason. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one's own moral aesthetic preferences. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Free competition is worth more to society than it costs. 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

To know is not less than to feel. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The man of action has the present, but the thinker controls the future. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Taxes are what we pay for civilized society Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

No generalization is wholly true-not even this one. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Behold - not him we knew! This was the prison which his soul looked through. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Modesty and reverence are no less virtues of freemen than the democratic feeling which will submit neither to arrogance nor to servility. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Deep-seated preferences cannot be argued about-you cannot argue a man into liking a glass of beer. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The mark of a civilized man is his willingness to re-examine his most cherished beliefs. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Anytime you see a Hungarian, kick him. He'll know why. Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The external and immediate result of an advocate's work is but to win or lose a case. But remotely what the lawyer does is to establish, develop, or illuminate rules which are to govern the conduct of men for centuries; to set in motion principles and influences which shape the thought and action of generations which know not by whose command they move. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas-that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The aim of the law is not to punish sins, but is to prevent certain external results. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Courts are apt to err by sticking too closely to the words of a law where those words import a policy that goes beyond them. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Every opinion tends to become a law. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

It is only the present danger of immediate evil or an intent to bring it about that warrants Congress in setting a limit to the expression of opinion where private rights are not concerned. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The wind blows out, the bubble dies; The spring entomb'd in autumn lies; The dew dries up; the star is shot; The flight is past, and man forgot. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Blood is a destiny. One's genius descends in the stream from long lines of ancestry. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Most people have died before they expire; died to all earthly longings, so that the last breath is only, as it were, the locking of the door of the already deserted mansion. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

It is very grand to die in harness, but it is very pleasant to have the tight straps unbuckled and the heavy collar lifted from the neck and shoulders. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

You hear that boy laughing?you think he's all fun; But the angels laugh, too, at the good he has done; The children laugh loud as they troop to his call, And the poor man that knows him laughs loudest of all. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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

Science ... in other words, knowledge-is not the enemy of religion; for, if so, then religion would mean ignorance. But it is often the antagonist of school-divinity. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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 Jr

You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young, that you have turned twenty-four. A man is or may be young to after sixty, and not old before eighty. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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 time in which it is used. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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

Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

[The Constitution] is an experiment as all life is an experiment. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable. To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views necessarily also deprives others of the right to listen to those views. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Every idea is an incitement. It offers itself for belief, and if believed it is acted on unless some other belief outweighs it or some failure of energy stifles the movement at its birth. The only difference between the expression of an opinion and an incitement is the speaker's enthusiasm for the result. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Why should you row a boat race? Why endure the long months of pain in preparation for a fierce half hour that will leave you all but dead? Does anyone ask the question? Is there anyone who would not go through all the costs, and more, for the moment when anguish breaks into triumph or even for the glory of having nobly lost? Is life less than a boat race? If a man will give the blood in his body to win the one, will he spend all the might of his soul to prevail in the other? Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Where we stand is not as important as the direction in which we are moving. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father's have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Certitude is not the test of certainty. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The provisions of the Constitution are not mathematical formulas having their essence in their form; they are organic, living institutions transplanted from English soil. Their significance is vital, not formal; it is to be gathered not simply by taking the words and a dictionary, but by considering their origin and the line of their growth. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Vengeance imports a feeling of blame, and an opinion, however distorted by passion, that a wrong has been done. It can hardly go very far beyond the case of a harm intentionally inflicted: even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The law, wherein, as in a magic mirror, we see reflected, not only our own lives, but the lives of all men that have been! Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

The remoter and more general aspects of the law are those which give it universal interest. It is through them that you not only become a great master in your calling, but connect your subject with the universe and catch an echo of the infinite, a glimpse of its unfathomable process, a hint of the universal law. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

I... probably take the extremest view in favor of free speech, (in which, in the abstract, I have no very enthusiastic belief, though I hope I would die for it). Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy - I don't disparage envy but I don't accept it as legitimately my master. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr



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