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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Among My Books

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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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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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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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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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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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A wise man travels to discover himself.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Fireside Travels

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No man is born into the world whose work
Is not born with him. There is always work,
And tools to work withal, for those who will;
And blessed are the horny hands of toil.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, A Glance Behind the Curtain

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

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, The Cathedral

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Dear common flower, that grow'st beside the way,
Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold,
First pledge of blithesome May,
Which children pluck, and, full of pride uphold.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, To the Dandelion

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