Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

(1809-1894 / Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Quotes

  • ''Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.''
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. writer, physician. The Poet at the Breakfast-Table, ch. 8 (1872).
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  • ''It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.''
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. writer, physician. The Poet at the Breakfast Table, ch. 10 (1872).
  • ''The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.''
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. writer, physician. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table, ch. 11 (1859).
  • ''Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks.''
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. writer, physician. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table, ch. 6 (1859).
  • ''Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.''
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. writer, physician. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table, ch. 1 (1859).
  • ''People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be "consistent."''
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. writer, physician. The Professor at the Breakfast Table, ch. 2 (1860).

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