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Duty
Engrave this Quote The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Education
Engrave this Quote The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
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Endings
Engrave this Quote The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, The work is done.
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Expectation
Engrave this Quote Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our father's have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a large part than what we suspect of what we think.
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Facts
Engrave this Quote I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -- adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Mind and Faith of Justice Holmes
Humility
Engrave this Quote I confess that altruistic and cynically selfish talk seem to me about equally unreal. With all humility, I think whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might, infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor; you must be living with your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.
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Law
Engrave this Quote Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
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Life
Engrave this Quote Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
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Passion
Engrave this Quote I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
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Purpose
Engrave this Quote For I say unto you in all sadness of conviction that to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists. Only when you have worked alone -- when you have felt around you are a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man, and in hope and despair have trusted to your own unshaken will -- then only can you gain the secret isolated joy of the thinker, who knows that a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten men who have never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought -- the subtle rapture of postponed power, which the world knows not because it has no external trappings, but which to his prophetic vision is more real than that which commands an army. And if this joy should not be yours, still it is only thus you can know that you have done what lay in you to do -- can say that you have lived, and be ready for the end.
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Salvation
Engrave this Quote Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
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Service
Engrave this Quote For, stripped of the temporary associations which gave rise to it, it is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.
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-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Address Before John Sedwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, May 30, 1884
Thought
Engrave this Quote Carve every word before you let it fall.
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Understanding
Engrave this Quote When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.
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Words
Engrave this Quote A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
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