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What you bring away from the Bible depends to some extent on what you carry to it.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
They walked over the crackling leaves in the garden, between the lines of box, breathing its fragrance of eternity; for this is one of the odors which carry us out of time into the abysses of the unbeginning past; if we ever lived on another ball of stone than this, it must be that there was box growing on it.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
There is no friend like the old friend who has shared our morning days, No greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise; Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation, evermore!
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye: The more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
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 association.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
End of the wonderful one-hoss shay. Logic is logic. That's all I say.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
And if I should live to be The last leaf upon the tree In the spring, Let them smile, as I do now, At the old forsaken bough Where I cling
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Wake in our breast the living fires, The holy faith that warmed our sires; Thy hand hath made our nation free; To die for her is serving Thee.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Have you heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay, That was built in such a logical way It ran a hundred years to a day?
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
It is something to make two blades of grass grow where only one was growing, it is much more to have been the occasion of the planting of an oak which shall defy twenty scores of winters, or of an elm which shall canopy with its green cloud of foliage half as many generations of mortal immortalities.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Each of us has to work out his salvation in his own way. The most that another can do is to be able to give a helping hand.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Feels the same comfort while his acrid words Turn the sweet milk of kindness into curds.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
People that make puns are like wanton boys that put coppers on the railroad tracks.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
O Caroline, Caroline, child of the sun, We can never forget that our hearts have been one.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Descartes commanded the future from his study more than Napoleon from the throne.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall.
—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

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