Oliver Wendell Holmes

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~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.

Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and somtimes agaisnt it - but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Death tugs at my ear and says: "Live, I am coming."

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.

Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view.

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

No stranger can get a great many notes of torture out of a human soul it takes one that knows it well -- parent, child, brother, sister, intimate.

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

Man has his will - but woman has her way.

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.

Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.

If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.

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.

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

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Beat a man with the strength of you argument, not with the strength of your arm.

Every pursuit is great when greatly pursued.

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Between two groups of men that want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds I see no remedy except force... It seems to me that every society rests on the death of men.



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