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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Quotes and Sayings

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Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Related topics: Legal

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are,
but in what direction we are moving.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It seems to me that at this time we need education
in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful
and hopeful than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I despise making the most of one's time.
Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye.
The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Certitude is not the test of certainty.
We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to
check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Carve every word before you let it fall.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment
and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days,
no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life is action and passion; therefore,
it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time,
at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then
make some changes of detail.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Young man, the secret of my success is that an early
age I discovered that I was not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young,
that you have turned twenty-four.
A man is or may be young to after sixty,
and not old before eighty.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

As life is action and passion, it is required of a
man that he should share the passion and action of his time,
at the peril of being not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as
to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful
and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I have no respect for the passion of equality,
which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Man's mind, stretched by a new idea,
never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason
than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them,
and the same is true of a larger part than what we
suspect of what we think.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged;
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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

As for lawyers, it's more fun to play one than to be one.
- Sam Waterston

Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty
good likelihood their case -
no matter what its merit -
will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges.
- Dennis Hastert

As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win.
- Bill Williams

If the laws could speak for themselves,
they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.
- Lord Halifax

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

The trouble with law is lawyers.
- Clarence Darrow

I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

All the libel lawyers will tell you there's no libel any more,
that everyone's given up.
- Ian Hislop

Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.
- Aaron Allston

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
- Jeremy Bentham

Discourage litigation.
Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
As a peacemaker the lawyer has
superior opportunity of being a good man.
There will still be business enough.
- Abraham Lincoln

The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers.
I think we made a couple of them rich.
- Gavin Rossdale

Doctors are just the same as lawyers;
the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
- Anton Chekhov

It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it's too bad
that we don't have a system where the losing team has
to pay the winning team's lawyers.
- Carol Burnett

To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
- Felix Frankfurter

People do not win people fights.
Lawyers do.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
- Charles Lamb

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
- Anonymous

We are led by lawyers who do not understand either
technology or balance sheets.
- Thomas Friedman

Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges
are just lawyers in robes.
- Tammy Bruce

The more lawyers there are, the more people are out
there to encourage others not to go to law school.
- David E. Kelley

I don't sell enough books to pay for the lawyers,
however.
And these various problems finally became too much.
- Peter Sotos

The only real lawyers are trial lawyers,
and trial lawyers try cases to juries.
- Clarence Darrow

Our lawyers had their chat with the Supreme Court Justice,
and promised to repast the chat to other members of
the Supreme Court to find out whether they wanted to hear us out.
- Dashiell Hammett

Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
- Horace

The only way you can beat the lawyers is to die with nothing.
- Will Rogers

The Nixon years were trying.
They honed my judgment for everything I did later on.
The experience also illustrated for me the importance
of training young lawyers properly.
- Fred F. Fielding

Lawyers know how to take isolated complaints in a divorce
case and build them into one big one.
- Hedy Lamarr

Our first concern is the security of the lawyers because
without security you can't possibly have a fair trial,
if trial at all, and that's not been adequately attended to.
- Ramsey Clark

Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran.
- Shirin Ebadi

Divorce is a game played by lawyers.
- Cary Grant

I was trained to be an actor, not a star.
I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame
and agents and lawyers and the press.
- Gene Hackman

Drugs are in every walk of life - doctors,
lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM,
teenagers on the street, teenagers in school.
- Smokey Robinson

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
- Benjamin Franklin

Reduce the number of lawyers.
They are like beavers - they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up.
- Donald Rumsfeld


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