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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.

Category: Books And Reading

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Category: Books And Reading

Speak not too well of one who scarce will know himself transfigured in its roseate glow; Say kindly of him what is, chiefly, true, remembering always he belongs to you; Deal with him as a truant, if you will, But claim him, keep him, call him brother still!

Category: Brotherhood

Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.

Category: Change

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

Category: Children

Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.

Category: Children

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if it has common sense on the ground floor.

Category: Common Sense

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.

Category: Commonplace

Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

Category: Conceit

People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be ''consistent.''

Category: Contradiction

... the hydrostatic paradox of controversy. Don't you know what that means? Well, I will tell you. You know that, if you had a bent tube, one arm of which was of the size of a pipe-stem, and the other big enough to hold the ocean, water would stand at the same height in one as in the other. Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way. And the fools know it.

Category: Controversy

Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.

Category: Controversy

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.

Category: Conventionality

And when you stick on conversation's burrs, don't strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.

Category: Conversation

In walking, the will and the muscles are so accustomed to working together and performing their task with so little expenditure of force that the intellect is left comparatively free.

Category: Cooperation