"Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. on Thomas Paine
"Young man, the secret of my success is that an early age I discovered that I was not God."
"A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born."
"It seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure."
"I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy."
"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."