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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.

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„Muž má svou vůli, ale žena svou metodu.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Varianta: Muž má svou vůli - ale žena má svou metodu.

„All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called “facts.”“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858)

„The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men, — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Zdroj: The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859), Ch. V.
Kontext: The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men, — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. It is in their hearts that the "sentimental" religion some people are so fond of sneering at has its source. The sentiment of love, the sentiment of maternity, the sentiment of the paramount obligation of the parent to the child as having called it into existence, enhanced just in proportion to the power and knowledge of the one and the weakness and ignorance of the other, — these are the "sentiments" that have kept our soulless systems from driving men off to die in holes like those that riddle the sides of the hill opposite the Monastery of St. Saba, where the miserable victims of a falsely-interpreted religion starved and withered in their delusion.

„Beware how you take away hope from any human being.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Valedictory Address to medical graduates at Harvard University (10 March 1858), published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal Vol. LVIII, No. 8 (25 March 1858), p. 158; this has also been paraphrased "Beware how you take away hope from another human being".
Misattributed
Kontext: You can never be too cautious in your prognosis, in the view of the great uncertainty of the course of any disease not long watched, and the many unexpected turns it may take.
I think I am not the first to utter the following caution : —
Beware how you take away hope from any human being. Nothing is clearer than that the merciful Creator intends to blind most people as they pass down into the dark valley. Without very good reasons, temporal or spiritual, we should not interfere with his kind arrangements. It is the height of cruelty and the extreme of impertinence to tell your patient he must die, except you are sure that he wishes to know it, or that there is some particular cause for his knowing it. I should be especially unwilling to tell a child that it could not recover; if the theologians think it necessary, let them take the responsibility. God leads it by the hand to the edge of the precipice in happy unconsciousness, and I would not open its eyes to what he wisely conceals.

„He must be a poor creature that does not often repeat himself.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

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.

„Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858)
Kontext: Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else, - very rarely to those who say to themselves, "Go to, now, let us be a celebrated individual!"

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