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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

"He has half the deed done who has made a beginning."

"We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing."

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

"Memory is a net: one that finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking."

"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."

"Beware how you take away hope from another human being."

"It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in."

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

"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used."

"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."

"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins."

"If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it."

"Old age is fifteen years older than I am."

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

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

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

"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."

"This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice."

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

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