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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He is also recognized as an important medical reformer. (1809 – 1894)

Quotes

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

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

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

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
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

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

When in doubt, do it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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