Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) American poet, wit, essayist, scholar

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It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A man's mind, stretched by a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Age, like distance, lends a double charm. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A man may fulfil the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day, like a football, and it will be round and full at evening. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Sweet shadows of twilight! how calm their repose, While the dewdrops fall soft in the breast of the rose! How blest to the toiler his hour of release When the vesper is heard with its whisper of peace! - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.