Oliver Wendell Holmes QuotesRating Mail
Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
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But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
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A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
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A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.
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A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
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A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
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A new untruth is better than an old truth.
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A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.
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A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
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A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.
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Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
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Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force.
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Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
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Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse.
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Controversy equalizes fools and wise men - and the fools know it.
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Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
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Don't be "consistent" but be simple true.
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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.
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Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don't you love a cushioned seat in a corner, by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?
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Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
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Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
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Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason.
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Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
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Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.
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Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
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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.
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Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
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Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.
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Have the courage to act instead of react.
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He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.
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I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.
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I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
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I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
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I won't accept anything less than the best a player's capable of doing... and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!
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If I were dying my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end.
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If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
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Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
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It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
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It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.
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It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.
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Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.
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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
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Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
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Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
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Love prefers twilight to daylight.
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Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.
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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.
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Memory is a net: one that finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
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Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
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