Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (180994)
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.
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).