Speeches by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Little, Brown, 1896 - 69 páginas
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Página 10 - But, when the days of golden dreams had perished, And even Despair was powerless to destroy; Then did I learn how existence could be cherished, Strengthened, and fed without the aid of joy.
Página 10 - Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten Down to that tomb already more than mine. And, even yet, I dare not let it languish, Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain ; Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish, How could I seek the empty world again?
Página 3 - 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.
Página 23 - If your subject is law, the roads are plain to anthropology, the science of man, to political economy, the theory of legislation, ethics, and thus by several paths to your final view of life.
Página 61 - Not of the sunlight, Not of the moonlight, Not of the starlight ! O young Mariner, Down to the haven, Call your companions, Launch your vessel, And crowd your canvas, And, ere it vanishes Over the margin, After it, follow it, Follow The Gleam.
Página 68 - But the present has a right to govern itself so far as it can; and it ought always to be remembered that historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity.
Página 25 - Thus 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 never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought— the...
Página 62 - War, when you are at it, is horrible and dull. It is only when time has passed that you see that its message was divine. I hope it may be long before we are called again to sit at that master's feet. But some teacher of the kind we all need. In this snug, over-safe corner of the world we need it, that we may realize that our comfortable routine is no...
Página 24 - For I say to 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 a black gulf of solitude more isolating than that which surrounds the dying man — and in hope and in despair have trusted to your own unshaken will, then only you will have achieved.