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James Russell Lowell quotes (40)

In creating the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blades no easier to make than an oak.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Creation

Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle of a wavering and uncertain flame and easily blown out but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Unsorted

Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Fate

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Diet

Before Man made us citizens great Nature made us men.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Citizen

Joy comes grief goes we know not how.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Grief

Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Control

The soil out of which such men as he are made is good to be born on good to live on good to die for and to be buried in.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Earth

This goin ware glory waits ye haint one agreeable feetur.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Death

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then if ever come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune And over it softly her warm ear lays.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Rare

If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book I should answer that there is one book better than a cheap bookand that is a book honestly come by.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Book

A poet must needs be before his own age to be even with posterity.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Poetry

Endurance is the crowning quality And patience all the passion of great hearts.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Endure

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Love

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Experience

Be noble! and the nobleness that lies In other men sleeping but never dead Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Noble

A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Crisis

There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel and saving it from all risk of crankiness than business.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Business

It was in making education not only common to all but in some sense compulsory on all that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Education

Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Adversity

A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Gravity

Ez fer war I call it murder There you hev it plain an flat; I don't want to go no furder Than my Testyment fer that. .... . An you ve gut to git up airly Ef you want to take in God.
James Russell Lowell   Category: War

Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession many.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Question

Greatly begin! Though thou have time But for a line be that sublime- Not failure but low aim is crime.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Aim

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Action

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

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Nothing

Puritanism believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty laid without knowing it the egg of democracy.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Democracy

Solitude is as needful to the imagination As society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Alone

Let us be of good cheer remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Happiness

Though old the thought and oft exprest T is his at last who says it best.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Quotations

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Opinion

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Acceptance

I don't believe in princerple But oh I du in interest.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Interest

It [The Ancient Mariner] is marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Sailor

There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Genius

Fortune is the rod of the weak and the staff of the brave
James Russell Lowell   Category: Fortune

Sentiment is intellectualized emotionemotion precipitated as it were in pretty crystals by the fancy.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Emotion

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Sincerity

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.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Faith