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Quotations by author » Oliver Wendell Holmes
American Physician, Poet, Writer, Humorist and Professor at Harvard, 1809-1894
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... the hydrostatic paradox of controversy. Don't you know what that means? Well, I will tell you. You know that, if you had a bent tube, one arm of which was of the size of a pipe-stem, and the other big enough to hold the ocean, water would stand at the same height in one as in the other. Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way. And the fools know it.
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A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
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A good and true woman is said to resemble a Cremona fiddle: age but increases its worth and sweetens its tone
Women
A good soldier, like a good horse, cannot be of a bad color
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A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend
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A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
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A man may fulfil the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Fulfilment
A man must get a thing before he can forget it
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A man over ninety is a great comfort to all his elderly neighbors: 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.
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A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Mind
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
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A new untruth is better than an old truth.
Truth
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
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A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.
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A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
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A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure
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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
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A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used
Words
Age, like distance, lends a double charm.
Age
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called ''facts.'' They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain. Who does not know fellows that always have an ill-conditioned fact or two that they lead after them into decent company like so many bull-dogs, ready to let them slip at every ingenious suggestion, or convenient generalization, or pleasant fancy? I allow no ''facts'' at this table.
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