1809-1894, American Author, Wit, Poet
Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Excuses]

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Ability]

Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Beauty]

Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Experts]

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Friends and Friendship]

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?
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Retirement]

Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Theory]

Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Elegance]

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Work]

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Thoughts and Thinking]

Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [History and Historians]

Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Ancestry]

Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Controversy]

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Fame]

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Pollution]

God's plan made a hopeful beginning. But man spoiled his chances by sinning. We trust that the story will end in God's glory. But, at present, the other side's winning.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Sin]

Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [America]

Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Change]

How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made!
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Reputation]

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes – [Action]

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