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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
March 8, 1841 - March 6, 1935
Nationality: American
Category: Judge
Subcategory: American Judge

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.


Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.


Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God.


I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.


The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.


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


Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.


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.


Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.


A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.


The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.


To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.


Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.


Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.


The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.


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


To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.


Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.


It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.


A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.


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