Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
To live is to function. That is all there is in living.
To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
To know is not less than to feel.
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.
Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.
Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
It is the province of knowledge to speakAnd it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail.
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving.
A man's mind, stretched by new ideas, may never reurn to it's original dimensions.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.
If a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient.
It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.
Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view.
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, 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.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
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.
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.
I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a lifetime's experience.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.