The movements of exaltation which belong to genius are egotistic by their very nature. A calm, clear mind, not subject to the spasms and crises which are so often met with in creative or intensely perceptive natures, is the best basis for love or friendship. Observe, I am talking about minds. I won't say, the more intellect, the less capacity for loving for that would do wrong to the understanding and reason but on the other hand, that the brain runs away with the heart's best blood, which gives the world a few pages of wisdom or sentiment or poetry, instead of making one other heart happy, I have no question.
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.
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
Youth fades love droops the leaves of friendship fall A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
More Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotations (Based on Topics)
Man - Life - Wisdom & Knowledge - Mind - People - World - Soul - Friendship - Love - Time - God - Genius - Truth - Nature - Speaking - Fame - Education - Thought & Thinking - Facts - View All Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotations
O. Henry - William Arthur Ward - Thomas Kuhn - Robert Louis Stevenson - Mitch Albom - Milan Kundera - John Grisham - Henry Drummond - Charles Caleb Colton - Abraham Polonsky