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 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “Eloquence may set fire to reason.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what ourcountry has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “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, Jr. - “Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. While we are permitted to scorn nothing but indifference, and do not pretend to undervalue the worldly rewards of ambition, we have seen with our own eyes, beyond and above the gold fields, the snowy heights of honor, and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after us.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “To live is to function. That is all there is in living.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “To know is not less than to feel.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of one's times.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “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.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas and the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself acceptedin the competition of the market.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “All I mean by truth is what I can't help thinking.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to ones self 'the work is done.' But just as one says that, the answer comes 'The race is over, but the work never is done while the power to work remains.' The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be, while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts, are one-story men. Two-story men compare, reason, generalize, using the labors of fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, predict their best illumination comes from above, through the skylight.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “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.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “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, Jr. - “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.”
 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. - “If a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient.”

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