Quotes by: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
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.
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.
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.
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.
There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way - and the fools know it.
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.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.