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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

The Amen of nature is always a flower.

Category: Flowers

The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.

Category: Freedom Of Speech

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

Category: Genius

Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

Category: Genius

A page of history is worth a pound of logic.

Category: History And Historians

Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.

Category: History And Historians

People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?

Category: Humankind

Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.

Category: Ideas

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.

Category: Ideas

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

Category: Ideas

Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.

Category: Ideas

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.

Category: Insanity

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.

Category: Insights