Quotes by: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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?
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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