oliver wendell holmes sr. Quotes

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
tags: world lies heaven
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
tags: wisdom
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
tags: men young rules
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.
tags: mind ideas
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
tags: men
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!
tags: nature blessed author
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Memory is a net: one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
tags: memory water
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
tags: time thoughts
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
tags: thoughts real
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
tags: world talent genius
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Death tugs at my ear and says, 'Live. I am coming.
tags: death live
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.
tags: living faith worth
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
tags: trust money
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Science is the topography of ignorance.
tags: ignorance
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
tags: truth football
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
tags: thoughts language soul blood
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
tags: friends conscious
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
tags: courage
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable.
tags: genius
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
tags: people
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.
tags: mind
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
tags: truth
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
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?
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
tags: men existence questions achieve
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
tags: opinion
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.
tags: people
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
tags: young year
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
tags: heart
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
tags: human hope
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
tags: time people live die music
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
tags: friendship secret youth hope mother
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
tags: lies
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
tags: achievement pleasure bad
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.
tags: time men people
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
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!
tags: magic fame die music
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
I like children; I like 'em, and I respect 'em. Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by them.
tags: world respect
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.