Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Quotes

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.

Have the courage to act instead of react.

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.

Learn the sweet magic of a cheerful face.

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 the superstitious fears which were early implanted in his imagination; no matter how utterly his reason may reject them…

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Death tugs at my ear and says, ‘Live. I am coming.

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

The best servant does his work unseen.

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

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

Don’t flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

Even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and being stumbled over.

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

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?

A child’s education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me