James Russell Lowell - Quotes

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Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. ---->>>

As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.

As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

Fate loves the fearless.

Fate loves the fearless.

Light is the symbol of truth.

Light is the symbol of truth.

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ---->>>

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise, Which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes. ---->>>

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere. ---->>>

Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold- bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief. ---->>>

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. ---->>>

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. ---->>>

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it. ---->>>

True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment. ---->>>

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions. ---->>>

Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.

Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.

In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking. ---->>>

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. ---->>>

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. ---->>>

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit. ---->>>

The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.

The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates. ---->>>

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace. ---->>>

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. ---->>>

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side. ---->>>

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty. ---->>>

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. ---->>>

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls. ---->>>

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women. ---->>>

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak. ---->>>

Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances. ---->>>

Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light. ---->>>

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft. ---->>>

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us. ---->>>

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends. ---->>>

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain. ---->>>

If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon. ---->>>

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife. ---->>>

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.

What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral. ---->>>

Folks never understand the folks they hate. ---->>>

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested. ---->>>

The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it. ---->>>

What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us. ---->>>

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. ---->>>

Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly. ---->>>

The surest plan to make a man is, think him so. ---->>>

Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. ---->>>

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave. ---->>>

The eye is the notebook of the poet. ---->>>

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return. ---->>>

Every person born into this world their work is born with them. ---->>>

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run. ---->>>

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: February 22, 1819
Birthplace:
Die: August 12, 1891
Occupation: Poet
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James Russell Lowell (; February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets that rivaled the popularity of British poets. These writers usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside (wikipedia)