Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

US jurist (1841 - 1935)

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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, 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.
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.
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.
Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
It is the province of knowledge to speak
And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.
People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving.
To know is not less than to feel.
To live is to function. That is all there is in living.
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.
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.

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