Quotes by: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
|Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Oliver Wendell Holmes c. 1879
||Oliver Wendell Holmes
August 29, 1809
||October 7, 1894
Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse.
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.
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.
Memory is a net: one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.
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.
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else - very rarely to those who say to themselves, 'Go to, now, let us be a celebrated individual!'.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don't you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?
Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be 'consistent'.