Write an Essay about Oliver Wendell Holmes


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Several of our essays show how people may fall into different categories. “Those Who Stay and Those Who Go” is one example. We often categorize people in our daily lives – “insiders” and “outsiders” – for instance. Think for a minute about the categories the people in your high school were placed in. (Some of them were pretty cruel.)

As a result, we have the common expression, “There are two (or three) kinds of people in the world…” The quotes below provide some examples.

Choose one of these quotes to write about. You many repeat the quote itself, or you may simply write about the idea it expresses. You can expand upon the idea, giving reasons why it is true and providing real-life examples. If you choose to disagree with it or with some part of it, be sure that you first understand the writer’s point.

Whatever approach you use, you may find the Essay Blueprint, below, useful as an organizing tool.

Quotes to select from

“People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, ‘Why wasn’t it done the other way?’” — 0liver Wendell Holmes.


“There are two kinds of Americans: those who want this country for themselves and those who want it for everyone.” — Bill Purdin

“…those who walk into a room and say, ‘There you are’ — and those who say, ‘Here I am!’” — Abigail Van Buren


“All mankind is divided into three groups: those that are immovable, those that are movable and those that move.” — Benjamin Franklin


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