Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Quotations

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, -but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

I found this great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

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 the time in which it is used.

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

Old age is fifteen years older than I am.

Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall;
a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.