Quotes by: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The rules of evidence in the main are based on experience, logic, and common sense, less hampered by history than some parts of the substantive law.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.
If I were dying, my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end.
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
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.
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.
It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.
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 main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to make facts live.
The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.
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.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.
The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.