Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Quotes

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.

And silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.

We call those poets who are first to mark Through earth’s dull mist the coming of the dawn, Who see in twilight’s gloom the first pale spark, While others only note that day is gone.

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of associations.

Call him not old whose visionary brain Holds over the past its undivided reign. For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul.

I used to think the mainspring was broken by, although my father kept on writing. I hope I was wrong for I am keeping on in the same way. I like it and want to produce as long as I can.

The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.

The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.

Go to the great concerts where you know that the music is good, and that you ought to like it whether you do or not. Take a music-bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body. I […]

The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.