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Oliver Wendell Holmes

1809-1894. American author and poet.

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Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.

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The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

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Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

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Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

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

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Young men know the rules, but old men know the exceptions.

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Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.

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A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

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Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.

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Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.

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