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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes
A child's education should begin at least 100 years before he is born.
The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
Eloquence may set fire to reason.
Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Don't be "consistent" but be simply true.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
When in doubt, do it.
Happiness consists in activity. It is running stream, not a stagnant pool.