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Wise Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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

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

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.
- 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.


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

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

Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
- 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten.
- Anonymous

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

We fear both the best and the worst in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

When you do your best
you learn to accept yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Experience is the best teacher.
- Proverb

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

In meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere
is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Laughter is the best medicine.
- Anonymous

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

The best things in life are free.
- Anonymous

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
- Thomas Jefferson

Luck marches with those who give their very best.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Be the best that you can be.
- Anonymous

Use what talents you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there,
except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

Success often grows best in the fertile soil of failure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- Henry David Thoreau

Make the best use of what is in your power,
and take the rest as it happens.
- Epictetus

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Do not look for approval
except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.
- Epictetus

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The success of a project is best predicted
by the enthusiasm of its participants.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden


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