Oliver Wendell Holmes

1 Quotation from Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturnian n. 1 1890 O. W. Holmes Over Teacups in Atlantic Monthly Feb. iii. 240/1 Saturn has large lead mines, but no other metal is found on this planet. The inhabitants have nothing else to make tools of, except stones and shells. The mechanical arts have therefore made no great progress among them. Chopping down a tree with a leaden axe is necessarily a slow process. So far as the Saturnians can be said to have any pride in anything, it is in the absolute level which characterizes their political and social order.