Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Quotes

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Life, not the parson, teaches conduct. Life, not the parson, teaches conduct.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience. The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: I detest a man who knows that he knows. I detest a man who knows that he knows.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Old age is like an opium dream. Nothing seems real except the unreal. Old age is like an opium dream. Nothing seems real except the unreal.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: War? War is an organized bore. War? War is an organized bore.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: If you can eat sawdust without butter, you can be a success in the law. If you can eat sawdust without butter, you can be a success in the law.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view. Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Every idea is an incitement ... eloquence may set fire to reason. Every idea is an incitement ... eloquence may set fire to reason.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: 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. 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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Reason means truth and those who are not governed by it take the chance that someday the sunken fact will rip the bottom out of their boat. Reason means truth and those who are not governed by it
take the chance that someday the sunken fact will rip
the bottom out of their boat.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: History has to be rewritten because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in. History has to be rewritten because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Poverty comes pleading not for charity, for the most part, but imploring us to find a purchaser for its unmarketable wares. Poverty comes pleading not for charity, for the most part, but imploring us to find a purchaser for its unmarketable wares.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: There is in all men a demand for the superlative, so much so that the poor devil that has no other way of reaching it attains it by getting drunk. There is in all men a demand for the superlative, so much so that the poor devil that has no other way of reaching it attains it by getting drunk.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: To think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. To think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions. The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Free competition is worth more to society than it costs. Free competition is worth more to society than it costs.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Every man has a right to do what he wills, provided he interferes not with a like right on the part of his neighbors. Every man has a right to do what he wills, provided he interferes not with a like right on the part of his neighbors.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: 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. 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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God. It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so. Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The law is the witness and external deposit of our moral life. Its history is the history of the moral development of the race. The law is the witness and external deposit of our moral life. Its history is the history of the moral development of the race.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention. Leisure only means a chance to do other jobs that demand attention.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort. The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The worst of a modern stylish mansion is that it has no place for ghosts. The worst of a modern stylish mansion is that it has no place for ghosts.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: This is a court of law, not a court of justice. This is a court of law, not a court of justice.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable. Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city. The axis of the earth sticks out visibly through the center of each and every town or city.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: For him in vain the envious seasons rollWho bears eternal summer in his soul. For him in vain the envious seasons roll
Who bears eternal summer in his soul.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods. Most of us retain enough of the theological attitude to think that we are little gods.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The great end of being is to harmonize man with the order of things, and the church has been a good pitch-pipe, and may be so still. The great end of being is to harmonize man with the order of things, and the church has been a good pitch-pipe, and may be so still.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week. There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: A goose flies by a chart the Royal Geographic Society could not improve. A goose flies by a chart the Royal Geographic Society could not improve.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: There was never an idea started that woke up men out of their stupid indifference but its originator was spoken of as a crank. There was never an idea started that woke up men out of their stupid indifference but its originator was spoken of as a crank.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity. The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence. The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young! There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young!
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: I believe that there are no innate, intrinsic differences among a human being , a baboon or a grain of sand. I believe that there are no innate, intrinsic differences among a human being , a baboon or a grain of sand.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious, are what I mean by the law. The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious, are what I mean by the law.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe. We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter. A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: A child's education should begin at least 100 years before he was born. A child's education should begin at least 100 years before he was born.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The only simplicity for which I would give a straw is that which is on the other side of the complex - not that which never has divined it. The only simplicity for which I would give a straw is that which is on the other side of the complex - not that which never has divined it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Modesty and reverence are no less virtues of freemen than the democratic feeling which will submit neither to arrogance nor to servility. Modesty and reverence are no less virtues of freemen than the democratic feeling which will submit neither to arrogance nor to servility.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Where we stand is not as important as the direction in which we are moving. Where we stand is not as important as the direction in which we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: There are three natural anaesthetics: Sleep, fainting, and death. There are three natural anaesthetics: Sleep, fainting, and death.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract. The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one. The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Reason may be the lever, but sentiment gives you the fulcrum and the place to stand on if you want to move the world. Reason may be the lever, but sentiment gives you the fulcrum and the place to stand on if you want to move the world.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the rose, with sweets in every fold. Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the rose, with sweets in every fold.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: A new untruth is better than an old truth. A new untruth is better than an old truth.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Old age is fifteen years older than I am. Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves the necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded. Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves the necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned. Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride. Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it. On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation so far as it goes. Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation so far as it goes.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Research and writing are lonely occupations. It is easy to become discouraged in solitary confinement. Research and writing are lonely occupations. It is easy to become discouraged in solitary confinement.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going. The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The individual will always be a minority. If a man is in a minority of one, we lock him up. The individual will always be a minority. If a man is in a minority of one, we lock him up.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: We have to choose, and for my part I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part. We have to choose, and for my part I think it a less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books. The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles. A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked. Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. quotes: Be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhaps a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out. Be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhaps a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out.