Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
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