Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the shortest man present. “Dr. Holmes,” quipped a friend, “I should think you’d feel rather small among us big fellows.” “I do,” retorted Homes, “I feel like a DIME among a lot of pennies.”


His pennies sure multiplied!!!!!

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15 thoughts on “Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.”

  1. What a quick, sharp mind and healthy value of himself he must have had to counter their comment with such a reply. Sounds like a wise man who we know was very talented and accomplished.

  2. As we read Bio’s and quotes and other vital info on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. we see why he will long out live even the dime!

    “Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (b.March 8, 1841 – d.March 6, 1935) was an American jurist who served as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932. Noted for his long service, his concise and pithy opinions, and his deference to the decisions of elected legislatures, he is one of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history,… recognized as one of the greatest justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Wendell_Holmes,_Jr.

    It is obvious from his life, words, deeds and actions that he DID NOT understand SMALLNESS!

  3. Sounds like what Jesus said…”He who humbles himself will be exalted but he who exalts himself will be humbled at the end.”
    Being here in Florida, clearing out things from my family’s home is a humbling experience. Not to try to EXTEND myself…like CCI says, GBY…going beyond yourself, or ourselves is a humbling experience. Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of my faith takes a burden off the soul, for sure. Knowing that the just JUDGE will ultimately judge justly and rightly, liberates the heart and soul. To let thing “GO” in many ways, though humbling, exalts the soul and brings inward joy despite circumstances and how we THINK things should go.
    You are right, Sara….(again) 🙂 Mr. Holmes did NOT understand the pedestrian concept of smallness. And the revelation of it begins with the first step of HUMILITY.

  4. Thanks for the link on Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr, Sara.
    I see from reading that he was obviously very confident in his role as a ‘dime’. He didn’t try to be a ‘penny’ just because others were and was not afraid to disagree and stand up for what he believed, thus earning him the name of ‘The Great Dissenter’.

  5. We discuss a lot of things, on the daily lily, but somehow, we seem to always make our way, right back to that good “ole” word…….”HUMILITY”.
    Mr. Holmes got it right!

  6. Sounds to me that he was 10 times as powerful as the penny. If others don’t give you the strokes you need then stroke yourself. Isn’t that in one of your lessons Sara? Sounds like he walked in knowing who he was before God.

  7. I am glad you and your computer are back Needles. I missed your comments and reading ,’Read with me’… the footnotes you so faithfully find to share.
    As I read I Peter 5:5-6 it seemed to me that humility must be very powerful. It seems to be a magnet for God’s grace and a platform for God to recognize you.

  8. I walk around thinking we are all short if we are small in our thinking and actions toward one another. Therefore, I am thinking of other action words that go with humility. Patience and forgiveness. I also understand it is vitally important to understand what those words mean to us.

  9. Humility is often a surprise when the opportunity to utilize that special virute appears in one’s ken. I am in the proving ground right now and I did not know there were SO MANY ways to humble oneself. I guess the LORD is making up for my missed chances to humble myself. So now that HE’S on a roll with me, the prospect of humbling myself in myriad of situations is coming fast and furiously. I don’t know if I am doing very well at it, but I sure am recognizing when I am NOT. But the liberty that comes with acquiescing to another, of giving in, and giving up in situations where there is not a moral issue involved is quite exhilarating.
    I heard a sermon by my sister-in-law the other day on compromise. She encouraged the congregation to NOT compromise on issues of righteousness and moral rectitude. And I totally agree. And there are issues where compromise ….that is…”a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.” (web dictionary) is a way to keep the ‘unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.’ I am learning to walk where I have never walked before. I have found that The HOLY SPIRIT and HUMILITY must be my constant companions.

  10. In Luke 19:1-10 there is an account of a rich, chief tax collector named Zaccheus who wanted to see who Jesus was as He passed through Jericho. Problem was he was so short that he couldn’t see over the crowd. But that didn’t stop him. He climbed into a sycamore tree. Jesus took notice of him up in that tree and told him to hurry up and come down because He had to stay at his house. Zaccheus didn’t make any excuses but quickly, joyfully and obediently did what Jesus asked. As a result of his response, this short, lost sinner received a gift of repentence and salvation from Jesus and became tall in God’s eyes.

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