Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Quotes.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Young man, the secret of my success is that at early age I discovered that I was not God.
The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.
Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked.
To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
The rules of evidence in the main are based on experience, logic, and common sense, less hampered by history than some parts of the substantive law.
The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.
It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure.
Success. Is not the position where you are standing, but which direction you are going.
On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.
Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.