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Oliver Wendell Holmes
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a da**.

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Science is the topography of ignorance.

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