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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.

Category: Instinct

A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.

Category: Jokes And Jokers

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

Category: Kisses And Kissing

Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.

Category: Knowledge

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

Category: Language

Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life --are alike forbidden.

Category: Language

This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.

Category: Law And Lawyers

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

Category: Life And Living

It is faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth looking at.

Category: Life And Living

To live is to function. That is all there is in living.

Category: Life And Living

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.

Category: Loneliness

Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.

Category: Love

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Category: Love

I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.

Category: Marriage

I firmly believe that if the whole material medical could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the sea.

Category: Medicine