Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Quotes

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The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. ---->>>

Into each life some rain must fall.

Into each life some rain must fall.

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. ---->>>

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity. ---->>>

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. ---->>>

There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.

There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.

The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. ---->>>

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. ---->>>

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after. ---->>>

Talk not of wasted affection - affection never was wasted. ---->>>

That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain. ---->>>

Music is the universal language of mankind. ---->>>

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

All things must change to something new, to something strange.

All things must change to something new, to something strange.

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit. ---->>>

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall. ---->>>

They who go Feel not the pain of parting; it is they Who stay behind that suffer. ---->>>

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. ---->>>

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. ---->>>

Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think. ---->>>

In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer. ---->>>

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. ---->>>

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.

Resolve and thou art free. ---->>>

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. ---->>>

Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him. ---->>>

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. ---->>>

Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny. ---->>>

I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets. ---->>>

The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain. ---->>>

For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art. ---->>>

The Helicon of too many poets is not a hill crowned with sunshine and visited by the Muses and the Graces, but an old, mouldering house, full of gloom and haunted by ghosts. ---->>>

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar. ---->>>

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. ---->>>

Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are. ---->>>

The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized. ---->>>

As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical. ---->>>

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak. ---->>>

The human voice is the organ of the soul. ---->>>

The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal. ---->>>

If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. ---->>>

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.

Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. ---->>>

He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. ---->>>

The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.

The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.

Evil is only good perverted. ---->>>

The nearer the dawn the darker the night. ---->>>

Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place. ---->>>

Something attempted, something done, Has earned a nights repose. ---->>>

A thought often makes us hotter than a fire. ---->>>

Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. ---->>>

Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose. ---->>>

The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds. ---->>>

Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion. ---->>>

Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.

Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.

The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy. ---->>>

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music. ---->>>

It is a beautiful trait in the lover's character, that they think no evil of the object loved. ---->>>

Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. ---->>>

All things come round to him who will but wait. ---->>>

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author. ---->>>

There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings. ---->>>

Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions. ---->>>

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues. ---->>>

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies. ---->>>

Love gives itself; it is not bought. ---->>>

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. ---->>>

People demand freedom only when they have no power. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: February 27, 1807
Birthplace:
Die: March 24, 1882
Occupation: Poet
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and was one of the five Fireside Poets from New England (wikipedia)