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Holmes, Oliver Wendell Sr.

Born: 1809 AD
Died: 1894 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Physicians, Poets, Professors


US author, physician, and poet


wrote essay collection "The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table" 1857, poems "Old Ironsides", "The Chambered Nautilus", "The Deacon's Masterpiece, or, the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay"


father of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


Page last updated: 2:37pm, 29th Jan '08

  • "I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving--we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
  • "A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains it original dimension."
  • "Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived."
  • "Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
  • "To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old."