Oliver Wendell Holmes citáty
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Datum narození: 29. srpen 1809
Datum úmrtí: 7. říjen 1894
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (29. srpna 1809 v Cambridge, Massachusetts – 7. října 1894 v Cambridge, Massachusetts) byl lékař, ale proslavil se především jako spisovatel a básník. Je považován za jednoho z nejlepších amerických básníků 19. století.
Citáty Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Originál: (en) One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Zdroj: [Exley, Helen, Pro klid v duši 365 : Citáty na každý den, Zuzana Pavlová, Slovart, Praha, 2018, 368, 978-80-7529-518-7, 327]
Zdroj: The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859), Ch. X.
Kontext: Poets are never young, in one sense. Their delicate ear hears the far-off whispers of eternity, which coarser souls must travel towards for scores of years before their dull sense is touched by them. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Voyage of the good Ship Union; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, kniha Elsie Venner
Elsie Venner (1859)
Kontext: I do not know in what shape the practical question may present itself to you; but I will tell you my rule in life, and I think you will find it a good one. Treat bad men exactly as if they were insane. They are in-sane, out of health, morally. Reason, which is food to sound minds, is not tolerated, still less assimilated, unless administered with the greatest caution; perhaps, not at all. Avoid collision with them, so far as you honorably can; keep your temper, if you can,—for one angry man is as good as another; restrain them from violence, promptly, completely, and with the least possible injury, just as in the case of maniacs,—and when you have got rid of them, or got them tied hand and foot so that they can do no mischief, sit down and contemplate them charitably...
„A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of associations.“
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858)
Kontext: He must be a poor creature that does not often repeat himself. Imagine the author of the excellent piece of advice, "Know thyself," never alluding to that sentiment again during the course of a protracted existence! Why, the truths a man carries about with him are his tools; and do you think a carpenter is bound to use the same plane but once to smooth a knotty board with, or to hang up his hammer after it has driven its first nail? I shall never repeat a conversation, but an idea often. I shall use the same types when I like, but not commonly the same stereotypes. A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of associations.
„We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible.“
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1872)
Kontext: We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were early implanted in his imagination; no matter how utterly his reason may reject them, he will still feel as the famous woman did about ghosts, Je n'y crois pas, mais je les crains,—"I don't believe in them, but I am afraid of them, nevertheless".