Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Quotes

The accident of our finding certain opinions natural and familiar, or novel, and even shocking, ought not to conclude our judgment upon the question whether statutes embodying them conflict with the Constitution of the United States.

As life is action and passion, it is required of man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.

It is now the moment when… we pause… to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.

To live fully is to be engaged in the passions of one’s times.

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

But to generalize is to omit.

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 oneself: ‘The work is done.’ But just as one says that, the answer comes: ‘The race […]

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.

A man over ninety is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbours: he is a picket-guard at the extreme outpost; and the young folks of sixty and seventy feel that the enemy must get by him before he can come near their camp.