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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them.

Category: Tragedies

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say: meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it, and had better be on speaking terms with it.

Category: Trouble

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

Category: Trust

Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.

Category: Truth

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.

Category: Truth

Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.

Category: Truth

A new untruth is better than an old truth.

Category: Truth

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

Category: Vision

Man has will, but woman has her way.

Category: Will And Will Power

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Category: Wisdom

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.

Category: Words

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Category: Work

The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.

Category: World

The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years.

Category: Writers And Writing

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.

Category: Youth