portrait of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
Studio portrait by Harris & Ewing (ca. 1930)

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Quotes of the Day for 8 March 2003 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr was born at Boston, Massachusetts on this day in 1841. Like his father he had a keen intellect, clear expression, and his humor sparkled through even in his legal decisions. Teddy Roosevelt named him to the Supreme Court in 1902 where he served for over three decades.

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The quotes:

Fresh air and innocence are good if you don't take too much of them - but I always remember that most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.

It is the province of knowledge to speak And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

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

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.

The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas; the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
     - All from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr, 1841 - 1935

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