Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

There are a good many real miseries in life that we cannot help smiling at, but they are the smiles that make wrinkles and not dimples

Oliver Wendell Holmes

On every stem, on every leaf,... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Give us the luxuries of life and we'll dispense with the necessaries.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it ? but we must sail and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked

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

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