Quotes by: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground-floor. But if a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has, the worse for his patient.
Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
I like children; I like 'em, and I respect 'em. Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by them.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.
A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?
Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.
A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.