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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes You Must Read

Our latest collection of Oliver Wendell Holmes quotes on Everyday Power.

1. “A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

2. “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. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

3. “What refuge is there for the victim who is oppressed with the feeling that there are a thousand new books he ought to read, while life is only long enough for him to attempt to read a hundred?” – Oliver Wendell HolmesOliver Wendell Holmes quotes

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4. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

5. “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

6. “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
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7. “It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.” – Oliver Wendell HolmesOliver Wendell Holmes quotes

8. “The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, ‘The medicines of the soul.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

9. “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
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10. “The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell HolmesOliver Wendell Holmes quotes

11. “Death tugs at my ear and says, ‘Live. I am coming.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

12. “A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

13. “The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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14. “When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?” – Oliver Wendell HolmesOliver Wendell Holmes quotes

15. “Beware how you take away hope from another human being.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

16. “Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it time runs out.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

17. “Man has his will, but woman has her way.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

18. “The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.” – Oliver Wendell HolmesOliver Wendell Holmes quotes

19. “Speak clearly if you speak at all, carve every word before you let it fall.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

20. “A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

21. “For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn’t give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes (see more quotes about simplicity)

22. “Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell HolmesOliver Wendell Holmes quotes

23. “Learn the sweet magic of a cheerful face.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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24. “Science is the topography of ignorance.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

25. “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

26. “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

27. “The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

28. “Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

29. “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going.” – Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr.

30. “The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

31. “I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

32. “A child’s education should begin at least 100 years before he was born.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

33. “The man of action has the present, but the thinker controls the future.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

34. “A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

35. “We have shared the incommunicable experience of war, we have felt, we still feel, the passion of life to its top. In our youth our hearts were touched with fire.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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