"One would sometimes think from the speech of young men," said Holmes, "that things had changed recently, and that indifference was now the virtue to be cultivated. I have never heard of anyone profess indifference to a boat race. Why should you row in a boat race? Why endure long months of pain in preparation for a fierce half hour that will leave you all but dead? Does anyone ask the question? Is there anyone who would not go through all its costs, and more, for the moment when anguish…

"One would sometimes think from the speech of young men," said Holmes, "that things had changed recently, and that indifference was now the virtue to be cultivated. I have never heard of anyone profess indifference to a boat race. Why should you row in a boat race? Why endure long months of pain in preparation for a fierce half hour that will leave you all but dead? Does anyone ask the question? Is there anyone who would not go through all its costs, and more, for the moment when anguish…

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr circa 1930\"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Holmes, like his father, was a Unitarian, who believed in a god, but was creedless. D. 1935.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr circa 1930\"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Holmes, like his father, was a Unitarian, who believed in a god, but was creedless. D. 1935.

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