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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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"Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other."

"Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks."

"Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant."

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

"The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God."

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

"The Amen of nature is always a flower."

"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."

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

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

"Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked."

"Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned."

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

"Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide - that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life - are alike forbidden."

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

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

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

"Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them."

"Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air."

"People who make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks. They amuse themselves and other children, but their little trick may upset a freight train of conversation for the sake of a battered witticism."

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