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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.

Category: Critics And Criticism

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

Category: Death And Dying

Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.

Category: Death And Dying

The freeman, casting with unpurchased hand the vote that shakes the turrets of the land.

Category: Democracy

A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.

Category: Disasters

What I call a good patient is one who, having found a good physician, sticks to him till he dies.

Category: Doctors

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

Category: Doubt

What a comfort a dull but kindly person is, to be sure, at times! A ground-glass shade over a gas-lamp does not bring more solace to our dazzled eyes than such a one to our minds.

Category: Dullness

Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.

Category: Elegance

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.

Category: Excuses

Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.

Category: Experts

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called ''facts.'' They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain. Who does not know fellows that always have an ill-conditioned fact or two that they lead after them into decent company like so many bull-dogs, ready to let them slip at every ingenious suggestion, or convenient generalization, or pleasant fancy? I allow no ''facts'' at this table.

Category: Facts

It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.

Category: Faith

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.

Category: Faith

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.

Category: Fame