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Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Motivational

When in doubt, do it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is the province of knowledge to speak,
and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A mind that is stretched by a new experience
an never go back to its old dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Greatness is not in where we stand,
but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it -
but sail we must,
and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold;
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Some people are so heavenly minded
that they are no earthly good.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

But friendship is the breathing rose,
with sweets in every fold.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be seventy years young is sometimes
far more cheerful and hopeful
than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of,
we have a special face for each friend.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Except in cases of necessity, which are rare,
leave your friend to learn
unpleasant things from his enemies;
they are ready enough to tell them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I hate facts.
I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -
adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The man who is always worrying about whether or not
his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts
run and out of which they grow.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under,
but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking
a question he cannot answer,
and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Don't you stay at home of evenings? Don't you love
a cushioned seat in a corner,
by the fireside, with your slippers on your feet?
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I don't generally feel anything until noon,
then it's time for my nap.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds,
I see no remedy but force.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the
pleasing game of interchanging praise.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Amen of nature is always a flower.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our brains are seventy-year clocks.
The Angel of Life winds them up once for all,
then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand
of the Angel of the Resurrection.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars,
nor its great scholars great men.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Simple people...
are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every library should try to be complete on something,
if it were only the history of pinheads.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
- 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

Have the courage to act instead of react.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Memories, imagination, old sentiments,
and associations are more readily reached through the
sense of smell than through any other channel.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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!
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse.
One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another
mind than in the one where they sprung up.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms.
Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
- 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

Don't be "consistent" but be simple true.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think that, as life is action and passion,
it is required of a man that he should share the passion
and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I won't accept anything less than the best a player's capable of doing...
and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

People who honestly mean to be true really contradict
themselves much more rarely than those who try to be 'consistent'.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love prefers twilight to daylight.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

One's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something
that makes a life worth living.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The main part of intellectual education is not the
acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

If I were dying my last words would be:
Have faith and pursue the unknown end.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes


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