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Oliver Wendell Holmes

b. 1841; d. 1935  ·  5 aphorisms  ·  no comments

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Comment#  ·   Fair (464 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (133 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Humility is the first of the virtues -- for other people.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (118 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- 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, in Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (330 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (177 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, in Law and Politics

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