Famous Quotes from ...

Oliver Wendell Holmes



    Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

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    Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

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    A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

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    The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

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    Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

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    Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.

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    A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

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    I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.

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    Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.

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

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    It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

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    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.

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    Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all

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    Controversy equalizes fools and wise men - and the fools know it

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    The world's great men have not commonly been scholars, nor its great scholars great men.

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    Young men know the rules, but old men know the exceptions.

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    The man flaps about with a bunch of feathers: the woman goes to work softly with a cloth

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    A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

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

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    Self-abnegation, that rare virtue, that good men preach and good women practice

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    The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books

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    You commit a sin of omission if you do not utilize all the power that is within you. All men have claims on man, and to the man with special talents, this is a very special claim. It is required that a man take part in the actions and clashes of his time that the peril of being judged not to have lived at all.

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    The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.

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    The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.

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    Love prefers twilight to daylight

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    Husband and wife come to look alike at last

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

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    The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size.

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