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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

(1809-1894), American Author, Wit, Poet

As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.

Category: Ability

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

Category: Achievement

The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.

Category: Achievement

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.

Category: Action

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

Category: Action

Several years before birth, advertise for a couple of parents belonging to long-lived families.

Category: Advertising

The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.

Category: Advice

Age, like distance lends a double charm.

Category: Age And Aging

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Category: Age And Aging

A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.

Category: Age And Aging

Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.

Category: America

Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.

Category: Ancestry

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

Category: Ancestry

Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.

Category: Beauty

The most foolish kind of a book is a kind of leaky boat on the sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.

Category: Books And Reading