Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. quote about greatness from The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table - But I can't help remembering that the world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
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But I can't help remembering that the world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
 Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). copy citation

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“I like books,—I was born and bred among them, and have the easy feeling, when I get into their presence, that a stable-boy has among horses. I don't think I undervalue them either as companions or as instructors. But I can't help remembering that the world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men. The Hebrew patriarchs had small libraries, I think, if any; yet they represent to our imaginations a very complete idea of manhood, and, I think, if we could ask in Abraham to dine with us men of letters next Saturday, we should feel honored by his company.” source

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