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A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man. ---->>>

Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. ---->>>

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

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. ---->>>

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy - I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master.

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy - I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master.

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

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. ---->>>

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate. ---->>>

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

When in doubt, do it. ---->>>

It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure. ---->>>

Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force. ---->>>

The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God. ---->>>

Every calling is great when greatly pursued. ---->>>

If I were dying, my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end. ---->>>

Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end. ---->>>

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. ---->>>

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

The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books. ---->>>

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts, but learning how to make facts live. ---->>>

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort. ---->>>

Certitude is not the test of certainty. We have been cocksure of many things that were not so. ---->>>

Every idea is an incitement... eloquence may set fire to reason. ---->>>

I despise making the most of one's time. Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected. ---->>>

To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one's own moral aesthetic preferences. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then make some changes of detail. ---->>>

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one. ---->>>

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country. ---->>>

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours. ---->>>

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God. ---->>>

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God. ---->>>

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. ---->>>

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter. ---->>>

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. ---->>>

A new untruth is better than an old truth. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: March 8, 1841
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Die: 03-06, 1935
Occupation: Judge
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (March 8, 1841 – March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States January–February 1930. Noted for his long service, his concise and pithy opinions and his deference to the decisions of elected legislatures, he is one of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history, particularly for his "clear and present danger" opinion for a unanimous Court in the 1919 case of Schenck v (wikipedia)