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 :: 1809-1894, American Author, Wit, Poet

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And Silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Silence]

 

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God's plan made a hopeful beginning. But man spoiled his chances by sinning. We trust that the story will end in God's glory. But, at present, the other side's winning.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Sin]

 

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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Sin]

 

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Society is always trying in some way to grind us down to a single flat surface.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Society]

 

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A good soldier, like a good horse, cannot be of a bad color.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Soldier]

 

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The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Soul]

 

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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Speech]

 

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The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Studying]

 

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Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Stupidity]

 

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Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Theory]

 

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Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Tragedies]

 

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If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. 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.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Trouble]

 

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Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Trust]

 

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A new untruth is better than an old truth.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Truth]

 

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Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Truth]

 

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Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Truth]

 

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Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes - [Truth]

 

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