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Oliver Wendell Holmes

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"You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable." Clever Jabs, Genius 4.8 avg (5 votes)
"Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend." Friendship 4.4 avg (5 votes)
"When in doubt, do it." Risk 4.5 avg (8 votes)
"We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but sail we must and not drift nor lie at anchor." Motivation & Goals 4.7 avg (19 votes)
"To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man." Miscellaneous 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions." Age 5.0 avg (5 votes)
"The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius." Genius 1.5 avg (2 votes)
"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (56 votes)
"The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power." Miscellaneous 5.0 avg (1 votes)
"The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort." Work 4.8 avg (4 votes)
"The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract." Miscellaneous 4.1 avg (8 votes)
"The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live." Education, Facts 3.8 avg (5 votes)
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul."" Reading 3.0 avg (2 votes)
"The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books." Age, Reading 3.0 avg (4 votes)
"Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise." Friendship 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall." Talking 4.5 avg (6 votes)
"Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor." Science 3.3 avg (3 votes)
"Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children." Children, Truth & Lies 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"Old age is fifteen years older than I am." Age 5.0 avg (3 votes)

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