Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Men to a great extent believe what they want to – although I see in that no basis for a philosophy that tells us what we should want to want.

Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Life is action!

If you want to hit a bird on the wing you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself and, equally you must not be thinking about your neighbor; you must be living in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.