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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–94)
QUOTATION: I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it,—but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
ATTRIBUTION: OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, p. 93 (1891).

Josephus Daniels, ambassador to Mexico, sent this quotation to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 1, 1936, in a note of New Year greetings, with this comment: “Here is an expression from Holmes which, if it has missed you, is so good you may find a use for it in one of your ‘fireside’ talks.”—Roosevelt and Daniels, ed. Carroll Kilpatrick, p. 159 (1952).