Oliver Wendell Holmes-isms

A woman who has made up her mind to die is still afraid of a pistol or a gun. Or is it that the explosion would derange her costume? (Professor at the Breakfast Table)

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else. (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table)

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.

Good Americans when they die, go to Paris. (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table)

How many people live on the reputation of the reputation they might have made! (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table)

I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind,—and all the worse for the fishes. (An Address delivered before the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1860 )

Knowledge and timber shouldn’t be much used till they are seasoned. (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table)

Man has his will, – but woman has her way! (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table)

Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. (The Autocrat of the Breakfast-table)

Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left. (Professor at the Breakfast Table)

People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn’t it done the other way?

Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.

Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn’t worth a damn.

This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Courtesy of Jest For Pun by Gunjan Saraf

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