Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

109

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

86

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.

79

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it.

But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

74

People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.

69

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

66

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

62

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

53

Have the courage to act instead of react.

51

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.

49

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.

47

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

41

About Oliver Wendell Holmes

Quotes 175 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday August 29, 1809

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

36

Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

34

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

33

A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.

32

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye;

the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract.

30

Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don't you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?

27

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.

25

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

25

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.

25

The Amen of nature is always a flower.

25

Man has will, but woman has her way.

22

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.

22

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

22

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

21

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.

20

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

19

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

18

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.

17

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

16

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

16

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms.

Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

15

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

15

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

15

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

13

Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.

13

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.

13

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

13

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

13

A page of history is worth a pound of logic.

13

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

11

Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.

11

It is faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth looking at.

9

Age, like distance lends a double charm.

9

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

9

Love prefers twilight to daylight.

8

The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.

8

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.

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