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The Loneliness of Originality


Oliver Wendell Holmes quote

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) is one of the most-widely quotes Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. His concise and pithy judicial opinions reflect his sharp and creative mind.

In a commencement address given at Brown University in 1897, Holmes, then an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, advised the graduates that “[A] man of high ambitions … must face the loneliness of original work.”


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