Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. — American Writer born on August 29, 1809, died on October 08, 1894

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table . He was also an important medical reformer... (wikipedia)

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.