Quotations by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Born: Monday, March 8, 1841
Died: Wednesday, March 6, 1935 (93 years old)
Profession: Judge
Nationality: American


A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Education, Years)

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Money, Man, Principles)

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Experience, Mind, Old)

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Worth)

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Men, Idea, Worth)

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.
(Keywords: Time, Thought, Circumstances, Content, Living, May, Skin, Word)

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Life, Time, Action, Being, Man, Passion)

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Hope, Being)

Carve every word before you let it fall.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Word)

Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Certainty)

Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Thought, Man, Past)

I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Life, Time)

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Equality, Envy, Passion, Respect)

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.
(Keywords: Education, Time, Investigation, Obvious)

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Time, Lawyers)

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.
(Keywords: Life, Time, Action, Being, Man, Passion)

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Life, End, Living, Question, Worth)

Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Idea, Man, Mind)

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Government, Men)

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Fathers, Neighbors, Reason)

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Nothing, Remarkable)

On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Life, End, Saints, Worth)

People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: People, Detail, Talk)

The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Faith, God, Act, Man)

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Faith, God, Act, Man)

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Direction, World)

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Eye, Light, Mind, Will)

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Power)

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Man, Right)

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Duty, Joy, Law)

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Friend, Old, Praise)

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Old, Years)

To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Old, Years)

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: First, Man, Principles)

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Truth, Day, Evening, Football, May, Will)

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Expression, Opinions)

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.
(Keywords: Man, May, Old)

Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Keywords: Age, Success, God, Man)







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