Oliver Wendell Holmes Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old oliver wendell holmes quotes, oliver wendell holmes sayings, and oliver wendell holmes 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

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in the world isn't so much where we stand. As in what direction we are moving.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

All of us love companionship and sympathy; some of us may love them too much. All of us are more or less imaginative in our theology.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.     

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

Apologizing a very desperate habit one that is rarely cured.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The true essentials of a feast are only fun and feed.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Yellow japanned buttercups and star-disked dandelions, just as we see them lying in the grass, like sparks that have leaped from the kindling sun of summer.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world's great men have not commonly been scholars, nor its great scholars great men.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nothing can be so perfect while we possess it as it will seem when remembered.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

To think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The lengthening shadows wait the first pale stars of twilight.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love prefers twilight to daylight.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Boston has opened and kept open, more turnpikes that lead straight to free thought and free speech and free deeds than any other city of live or dead men.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes