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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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

"Love prefers twilight to daylight."

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

"Stupidity often saves a man from going mad."

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

"Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him."

"Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve."

"The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence."

"A new untruth is better than an old truth."

"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening."

"Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light."

"One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

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

"I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap."

"People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be 'consistent'."

"The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books."

"Apology is only egotism wrong side out."

"A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend."

"How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!"

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

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