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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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"Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise."

"The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think."

"Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection."

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

"The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius."

"Don't be "consistent" but be simple true."

"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."

"Every idea is an incitement...Eloquence may set fire to reason."

"When in doubt, do it."

"Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse."

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

"As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived."

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

"Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else."

"To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor."

"Several years before birth, advertise for a couple of parents belonging to long-lived families."

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

"Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us."

"Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable."

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

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