JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL QUOTES

American poet & diplomat (1819-1891)

James Russell Lowell quote

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.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Sixty-eighth Birthday

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At the devil's booth are all things sold. Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Vision of Sir Launfal

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Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne--
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Present Crisis

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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, Sonnet IV

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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Among My Books

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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Columbus

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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Round Table

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Though old the thought and oft expressed,
'Tis his at last who says it best.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, For an Autograph

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Who speaks the truth stabs Falsehood to the heart.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, L'Envoi

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Earth's noblest thing -- a woman perfected.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Irené

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It is quite too common a practice, both in readers and the more superficial class of critics, to judge a book by what it is not, a matter much easier to determine than what it is.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Round Table

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A wise man travels to discover himself.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Fireside Travels

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Nature fits all her children with something to do,
He who would write and can't write, can surely review.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, A Fable for Critics

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How little inventiveness there is in man,
Grave copier of copies.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Cathedral

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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, On Democracy

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If there breathe on earth a slave,
Are ye truly free and brave?
If ye do not feel the chain,
When it works a brother's pain,
Are ye not base slaves indeed,
Slaves unworthy to be freed?

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, "Stanzas on Freedom"

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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

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Ez to my princerples, I glory
In hevin' nothin' o' the sort.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Biglow Papers

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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Lectures on English Poets

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To me it seems not unreasonable to find a re-enforcement of optimism, a renewal of courage and hope, in the modern theory that man has mounted to what he is from the lowest step of potentiality, through toilsome grades of ever-expanding existence, even though it have been by a spiral stairway, mainly dark or dusty, with loop-holes at long intervals only, and these granting but a narrow and one-sided view.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Progress of the World

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