Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old oliver wendell holmes, jr. quotes, oliver wendell holmes, jr. sayings, and oliver wendell holmes, jr. proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!      

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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 time in which it is used.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Apologizing - a very desperate habit - one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Any tax is a discouragement and therefore a regulation so far as it goes.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The preacher's garment is cut according to the pattern of that of the hearers, for the most part.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If wine tells truth – and so have said the wise, it makes me laugh to think how brandy lies!     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Our morality seems to be only a check on the ultimate domination of force, just as our politeness is a check on the impulse of every pig to put his feet in the trough.      

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Persecution for the expression of opinions seems to be perfectly logical. If you have no doubt of your premises or your power and want a certain result with all your heart you naturally express your wishes in law and sweep away all opposition.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.