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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2091
AUTHOR: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
QUOTATION: Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.
ATTRIBUTION: OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, associate justice, supreme court of Massachusetts, address before John Sedgwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, Keene, New Hampshire, May 30, 1884.—Speeches of Oliver Wendell Holmes, p. 11 (1934).