Authors - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 - October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He is also recognized as an important medical reformer. - Wikipedia
Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul."
I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.
Don't be "consistent" but be simply true.
Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force.
The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have: Cincinnati sounds worse.
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.
I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Death tugs at my ear and says: "Live, I am coming."
You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable.
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
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.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
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.
Happiness consists in activity. It is running stream, not a stagnant pool.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Greatness is not where we stand but in what direction we are moving.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.
We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but sail we must and not drift nor lie at anchor.
Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
Eloquence may set fire to reason.
Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
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.
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Science is good furniture for one's upper chamber, if there is common sense below.