Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Quotes

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Call him not old whose visionary brain
Holds o’er the post its undivided reign,
For him in vain the envious seasons roll,
Who bears eternal summer in this soul.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Old Prayer, 1861)

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, 1858)

If a man has a genuine, sincere, hearty wish to get rid of his liberty, if he is really bent upon becoming a slave, nothing can stop him. And the temptation is to some natures a very great one. Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves that necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded. In common life we shirk it by forming habits, which take the place of self-determination.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Elsie Venner, 1859)

So from the heights of Will
Life's parting stream descends,
And, as a moment turns its slender rill,
Each widening torrent bends,
From the same cradle's side,
From the same mother's knee,
One to long darkness and the frozen tide,
One to the Peaceful Sea!

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Professor at the Breakfast Table - The Two Streams, 1859)

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Biography

Born: August 29, 1809
Died: October 7, 1894

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was an American physician, professor and author. He was well known and revered by his contemporary peers and he quickly gained international fame.

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Old Ironsides (1830)
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
Elsie Venner (1859)
The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859)
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1872)

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Son)