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Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the province of knowledge to speak,
and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Greatness is not in where we stand,
but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it -
but sail we must,
and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

When in doubt, do it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold;
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Some people are so heavenly minded
that they are no earthly good.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

But friendship is the breathing rose,
with sweets in every fold.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of,
we have a special face for each friend.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Memories, imagination, old sentiments,
and associations are more readily reached through the
sense of smell than through any other channel.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another
mind than in the one where they sprung up.
- 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

Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist;
two to one,
he is a pedant.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Simple people...
are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says,
and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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

We do not quit playing because we grow old,
we grow old because we quit playing.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind,
and sometimes against it.
But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think that, as life is action and passion,
it is required of a man that he should share the passion
and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
- 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

Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it;
most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under,
but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts
run and out of which they grow.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars,
nor its great scholars great men.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in
the world is done by children.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon,
but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many people die with their music still in them.
Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.
Before they know it, time runs out.
- 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

If I were dying my last words would be:
Have faith and pursue the unknown end.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas,
never returns to its original size.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse.
One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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, Jr.

Stillness of person and steadiness of features are
signal marks of good breeding.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them:
Alas for those that never sing,
but die with all their music in them!
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

The Amen of nature is always a flower.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I won't accept anything less than the best a player's capable of doing...
and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every library should try to be complete on something,
if it were only the history of pinheads.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something
that makes a life worth living.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our brains are seventy-year clocks.
The Angel of Life winds them up once for all,
then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand
of the Angel of the Resurrection.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes


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