Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal.

Husband and wife come to look alike at last.

The first of all other virtues – for other people.

Historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity.

A page of history is worth a volume of logic.

People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn’t it done the other way?

We can forgive a man the defects of his qualities, if only he has the qualities of his defects.

And when you stick on conversation’s burrs, don’t strew your pathway with those dreadful urs.

Those who honestly mean to be true contradict themselves more rarely than those who try to be consistent.

Nature has but one judgment on wrong conduct – the judgment of death. If you waste too much food you starve; too much fuel, you freeze; too much nerve tissue, you collapse. I have no belief in panaceas, and almost none in sudden ruin.