Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotations

-Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside us.

-I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

-A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.

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

-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.

-Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

-Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

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

-Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.

-The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

-To obtain a man’s opinion of you, make him mad.

-We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

-A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a lifetime’s experience.

-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.

-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