[1809 - 1894] American poet and writer, enthusiast of photography

In a perfect photograph, there will be as many beauties lurking unobserved as there are in flowers that blush unseen in forests and meadows. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
in 1859 [cited in: Pierre Boulle "Le Photographe", (Polish translation entitled "Fotograf", Warszawa 1969, p. 84)]
We have got the fruit of creation now, and need not trouble ourselves with the core. Every conceivable object of Nature and Art will soon scale off its surface for us. Men will hunt all curious, beautiful, grand objects, as they hunt the cattle in South America, for their skins, and leave the carcasses as of little worth. - Oliver Wendell Holmes