Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.

Beat a man with the strength of you argument, not with the strength of your arm.

Between two groups of men that want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds I see no remedy except force... It seems to me that every society rests on the death of men.

Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.

Death tugs at my ear and says: "Live, I am coming."

Every pursuit is great when greatly pursued.

Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and somtimes agaisnt it - but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.

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

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.

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

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

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

The life of the law has not been logic but experience.

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.

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?