Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, September 25, 2017 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

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“A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.”

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“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.”

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“Every idea is an incitement… Eloquence may set fire to reason.”

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“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.”

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“Have the courage to act instead of react.”

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“I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

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“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”

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“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”

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“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.”

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“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

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“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

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“The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn’t worth a damn.”

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“Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.”

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“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”

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“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”

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“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”

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“Get down, you fool!” Assertion famously directed at then-President Abraham Lincoln when he came under enemy fire at Fort Stevens during the American Civil War, as quoted in Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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“Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God.”

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“Free competition is worth more to society than it costs.”

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“State interference is an evil, where it cannot be shown to be a good.”

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“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”

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“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”

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“I happen to prefer champagne to ditchwater, but there is no reason to suppose that the cosmos does.”

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“That, at any rate, is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment.”

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“Life is a roar of bargain and battle, but in the very heart of it there rises a mystic spiritual tone that gives meaning to the whole. It transmutes the dull details into romance. It reminds us that our only but wholly adequate significance is as parts of the unimaginable whole. It suggests that even while living we are living to ends outside ourselves.”

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“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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“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.”

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“Lawyers spend their professional careers shoveling smoke.”

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“A second class mind, but a first class temperament.” A summation of his opinion of Theodore Roosevelt

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“A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”

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“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Wikipedia:  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.