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It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Great is the art of beginning. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Evil is only good perverted. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The things that have been and shall be no more, The things that are, and that hereafter shall be, The things that might have been, and yet were not, The fading twilight of joys departed. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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God's voice was not in the earthquake, Not in the fire, nor the storm, but it was in the whispering breezes. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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We often excuse our own want of philanthropy by giving the name of fanaticism to the more ardent zeal of others. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It was Autumn, and incessant Piped the quails from shocks and sheaves, And, like living coals, the apples Burned among the withering leaves. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Our blossoms of passion, gay and luxuriant flowers, are bright and full of fragrance, but they beguile us and lead us astray, and their odor is deadly. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Many have genius, but, wanting art, are forever dumb. The two must go together to form the great poet, painter, or sculptor. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O holy trust! O endless sense of rest! Like the beloved John To lay his head upon the Saviour's breast, And thus to journey on! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Midnight! the outpost of advancing day!
The frontier town and citadel of night!
The watershed of Time, from which the streams
Of Yesterday and To-morrow take their way,
One to the land of promise and of light,
One to the land of darkness and of dreams! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In the long, sleepless watches of the night, A gentle face the face of one long dead Looks at me from the wall, where round its head The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Tis always morning somewhere. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In the world's broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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So disasters come not singly; But as if they watched and waited, Scanning one another's motions, When the first descends, the others Follow, follow, gathering flock-wiseRound their victim, sick and wounded, First a shadow, then a sorrow, Till the air is dark with anguish. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast, And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There is no light in earth or heaven but the cold light of stars; and the first watch of night is given to the red planet Mars. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The picture that approaches sculpture nearest Is the best picture. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Prayer is innocence's friend; and willingly flieth incessant 'twist the earth and the sky, the carrier-pigeon of heaven. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Where'er a noble deed is wrought, Where'er is spoken a noble thought, Our hearts in glad surprise To higher levels rise. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nature paints not; In oils, but frescoes the great dome of heaven; With sunsets, and the lovely forms of clouds; And flying vapors. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nothing useless is, or low; Each thing in its place is best; And what seems but idle show
Strengthens and supports the rest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or
burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in
silence, what wonder and expectation there would be
in all the hearts to behold the miraculous change. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Winter giveth the fields, and the trees so old,
their beards of icicles and snow. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sweet is the air with the budding haws, and the valley stretching for miles below
Is white with blossoming cherry-trees, as if just covered with lighted snow. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Rule by patience, Laughing Water! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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When thou are not pleased, beloved, Then my heart is sad and darkened, As the shining river darkens When the clouds drop shadows on it! When thou smilest, my beloved, Then my troubled heart is brightened, As in sunshine gleam the ripples That the cold wind makes in rivers. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Not chance of birth or place has made us friends, Being oftentimes of different tongues and nations, But the endeavor for the selfsame ends, With the same hopes, and fears, and aspirations. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And oft the blessed time foretells
When all men shall be free;
And musical, as silver bells,
Their falling chains shall be. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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After a day of cloud and wind and rain Sometimes the setting sun breaks out again, And touching all the darksome woods with light, Smiles on the fields until they laugh and sing, Then like a ruby from the horizon's ring, Drops down into the night. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Oh, how beautiful is the summer night, which is not night, but a sunless, yet unclouded, day, descending upon earth with dews and shadows and refreshing coolness! How beautiful the long mild twilight, which, like a silver clasp, unites today with yesterday! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Many a poem is marred by a superfluous word. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The sentence of the first murderer was pronounced by the Supreme Judge of the universe. Was it death? No, it was life. 'A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth'; and 'Whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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To be strong is to be happy! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Labor with what zeal we will, Something still remains undone, Something uncompleted still Waits the rising of the sun. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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They, the holy ones and weakly,
Who the cross of suffering bore,
Folded their pale hands so meekly,
Spake with us on earth no more! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All things are symbols: the external shows Of Nature have their image in the mind , As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sweet April! many a thought Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed; Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought, Life's golden fruit is shed. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O lovely eyes of azure, Clear as the waters of a brook that run Limpid and laughing in the summer sun! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Burn, O evening hearth, and waken Pleasant visions, as of old! Though the house by winds be shaken, Safe I keep this room of gold! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The grave itself is but a covered bridge,
Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O flower-de-luce, bloom on, and let the river Linger to kiss thy feet! O flower of song, bloom on, and make forever The world more fair and sweet. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sail forth into the sea of life, O gentle, loving, trusting wife, And safe from all adversity Upon the bosom of that sea Thy comings and thy goings be! For gentleness and love and trust Prevail o'er angry wave and gust; And in the wreck of noble lives Something immortal still survives. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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He looks the whole world in the face for he owes not any man. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Each morning sees some task begin, each evening sees it close. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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But oftentimes celestial benedictions Assume this dark disguise. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The bells themselves are the best of preachers, Their brazen lips are learned teachers, From their pulpits of stone, in the upper air, Sounding aloft, without crack or flaw, Shriller than trumpets under the Law, Now a sermon and now a prayer. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The life of woman is full of woe,
Toiling on and on and on,
With breaking heart, and tearful eyes,
The secret longings that arise,
Which this world never satisfies!
Some more, some less, but of the whole
Not one quite happy, no, not one! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Among the noblest in the land - Though man may count himself the least - That man I honor and revere, Who without favor, without fear, In the great city dares to stand, The friend of every friendless beast. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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These are the woes of Slaves;
They glare from the abyss;
They cry, from unknown graves,
We are the Witnesses! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Love is sunshine, hate is shadow,
Life is checkered shade and sunshine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon Like a magician extended his golden want o'er the landscape; Trinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Perhaps there lives some dreamy boy, untaught
In schools, some graduate of the field or street,
Who shall become a master of art,
An admiral sailing the high seas of thought
Fearless and first, and steering with his fleet
For lands not yet laid down in any chart. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I will be a man among men; and no longer a dreamer among shadows. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is Lucifer, The son of mystery; And since God suffers him to be, He too, is God's minister, And labors for some good By us not understood. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nor deem the irrevocable Past
As wholly wasted, wholly vain,
If, rising on its wrecks, at last
To something nobler we attain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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One if by land, two if by sea. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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An angel visited the green earth, and took a flower away. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Unasked, Unsought, Love gives itself but is not bought -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The men that women marry, And why they marry them, will always be A marvel and a mystery to the world. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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More and more do I feel, as I advance in life, how little we really know of each other. Friendship seems to me like the touch of musical-glasses
it is only contact; but the glasses themselves, and their contents, remain quite distinct and unmingled. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Each new epoch in life seems an encounter. There is a tussle and a cloud of dust, and we come out of it triumphant or crest-fallen, according as we have borne ourselves. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The atmosphere breathes rest and comfort, and the many chambers seem full of welcomes. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ah! What would the world be to us If the children were no more? We should dread the desert behind us Worse than the dark before. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Oh, what a glory doth this world put on, for him who with a fervent heart goes forth under the bright and glorious sky, and looks on duties well performed, and days well spent. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A great sorrow, like a mariner's quadrant, brings the sun at noon down to the horizon, and we learn where we are on the sea of life. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The twilight is sad and cloudy, The wind blows wild and free, And like the wings of sea-birds Flash the white caps of the sea. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The nimble lie
Is like the second-hand upon a clock;
We see it fly; while the hour-hand of truth
Seems to stand still, and yet it moves unseen,
And wins, at last, for the clock will not strike
Till it has reached the goal. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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When we walk towards the sun of Truth, all shadows are cast behind us. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every man is in some sort a failure to himself. No one ever reaches the heights to which he aspires. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ah, how skillful grows the hand
That obeyeth Love's command!
It is the heart, and not the brain,
That to the highest doth attain,
And he who followeth Love's behest
Far excelleth all the rest! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There are no birds in last year's nest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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How can I teach your children gentleness and mercy to the weak, and reverence for life, which in its nakedness and excess, is still a gleam of God's omnipotence, when by your laws, your actions and your speech, you contradict the very things I teach? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution, She lives whom we call dead. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Were half the power that fills the world with terror, Were half the wealth bestowed on camps and courts Given to redeem the human mind from error, There were no need of arsenals or forts. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought! Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For the structure that we raise,
Time is with materials filled;
Our to-days and yesterdays
Are the blocks with which we build. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sang in tones of deep emotion Songs of love and songs of longing. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I have you fast in my fortress, And will not let you depart, But put you down into the dungeon, In the round-tower of my heart, And there will I keep you forever, Yes, forever and a day, Till the walls shall crumble to ruin, And moulder in the dust away! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Oh the long and dreary Winter! Oh the cold and cruel Winter! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All was silent as before - All silent save the dripping rain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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That was the first sound in the song of love!
Scarce more than silence is, and yet a sound.
Hands of invisible spirits touch the strings
Of that mysterious instrument, the soul,
And play the prelude of our fate. We hear
The voice prophetic, and are not alone. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Dead he is not, but departed, for the artist never dies. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A man must be of a very quiet and happy nature, who can long endure the country; and, moreover, very well contented with his own insignificant person. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fierce in his soul was the struggle and tumult of passions contending; Love triumphant and crowned, and friendship wounded and bleeding, Passionate cries of desire, and importunate pleadings of duty! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The day is done; and slowly from the scene the stooping sun upgathers his spent shafts, and puts them back into his golden quiver! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O gift of God! O perfect day: Whereon shall no man work, but play; Whereon it is enough for me, Not to be doing, but to be! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Straight between them ran the pathway,
Never grew the grass upon it -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For in the night, unseen, a single warrior, In sombre harness mailed, Dreaded of man, and surnamed the Destroyer, The rampart wall has scaled. He passed into the chamber of the sleeper, The dark and silent room, And as he entered, darker grew, and deeper, The silence and the gloom. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Then from the neighboring thicket the mocking-bird, wildest of singers, Swinging aloft on a willow spray that hung o'er the water, Shook from his little throat such floods of delirious music, That the whole air and the woods and the waves seemed silent to listen. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sweet as the tender fragrance that survives,
When martyred flowers breathe out their little lives,
Sweet as a song that once consoled our pain,
But never will be sung to us again,
Is they remembrance. Now the hour of rest
Hath come to thee. Sleep, darling: it is best. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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We waste our best years in distilling the sweetest flowers of life into potions which, after all, do not immortalize, but only intoxicate. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Authors must not, like Chinese soldiers, expect to win victories by turning somersets in the air. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nothing is or can be accidental with God. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The secret studies of an author are the sunken piers upon which is to rest the bridge of his fame, spanning the dark waters of oblivion. They are out of sight, but without them no superstructure can stand secure. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The prayer of Ajax was for light. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All these thoughts of love and strife
Glimmered through his lurid life,
As the stars' intenser light
Through the red flames o'er him trailing,
As his ships went sailing, sailing,
Northward in the summer night. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The mind of the scholar, if you would have it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds. It is better that his armor should be somewhat bruised by rude encounters even, than hang forever rusting on the wall. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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How beautiful the silent hour, when morning and evening thus sit together, hand in hand, beneath the starless sky of midnight! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And the wind plays on those great sonorous harps, the shrouds and masts of ships. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Standing, with reluctant feet, Where the brook and river meet, Womanhood and childhood fleet! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Softly the evening came /with the sunset/. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There's nothing in this world so sweet as love. And next to love the sweetest thing is hate. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The hooded clouds, like friars, Tell their beads in drops of rain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The story, from beginning to end, I found again in a heart of a friend. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There are things of which I may not speak;
There are dreams that cannot die;
There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak,
And bring a pallor into the cheek,
And a mist before the eye. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Life is the gift of God, and is divine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Even the blackest of them all, the crow, Renders good service as your man-at-arms, Crushing the beetle in his coat of mail. And crying havoc on the slug and snail. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Patience; accomplish thy labor; accomplish thy work of affection! Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike. Therefore accomplish thy labor of love, till the heart is made godlike, Purified, strengthened, perfected, and rendered more worthy of heaven! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Many critics are like woodpeckers, who, instead of enjoying the fruit and shadow of a tree, hop incessantly around the trunk, pecking holes in the bark to discover some little worm or other. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The lamps are lit, the fires burn bright. The house is full of life and light. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors.
There is so much aspiration in them,
so much audacious hope and trembling fear,
so much of the heart's history, that all errors
and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of
in the amiable self assertion of youth. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And all the air is filled with pleasant noise of waters -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Two ways the rivers Leap down to different seas, and as they roll Grow deep and still, and their majestic presence Becomes a benefaction to the towns They visit, wandering silently among them, Like patriarchs old among their shining tents. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Each day is a branch of the Tree of Life laden heavily with fruit. If we lie down lazily beneath it, we may starve; but if we shake the branches, some of the fruit will fall for us. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every man must patiently bide his time. He must wait
not in listless idleness but in constant, steady, cheerful endeavors, always willing and fulfilling and accomplishing his task, that when the occasion comes he may be equal to the occasion. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A coquette is a young lady of more beauty than sense, more accomplishments than learning, more charms not person than graces of mind, more admirers than friends, mole fools than wise men for attendants. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All sense of hearing and of sight enfold in the serene delight and quietude of sleep. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All things are symbols. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every great poem is in itself limited by necessity, but in its suggestions unlimited and infinite. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Then read from the treasured volume the poem of thy choice, and lend to the rhyme of the poet the beauty of thy voice. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every dew-drop and rain-drop had a whole heaven within it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The day is dark and cold and dreary; it rains, and the wind is never weary. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nothing that is can pause or stay; / The moon will wax, the moon will wane, / The mist and cloud will turn to rain, / The rain to mist and cloud again, / Tomorrow be today. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Gone are the living, but the dead remain, And not neglected; for a hand unseen, Scattering its bounty like a summer rain, Still keeps their graves and their remembrance green. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Into each life some rain must fall. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Behind the clouds is the sun still shining. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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What discord should we bring into the universe if our prayers were all answered! Then we should govern the world, and not God. And do you think we should govern it better? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The history of the past is a mere puppet-show. A little man comes out and blows a little trumpet, and goes in again. You look for something new, and lo! another little man comes out, and blows another little trumpet, and goes in again. And it is all over. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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We are very like the English, - are, in fact, English under a different sky. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Mercy more becomes a magistrate than the vindictive wrath which men call justice. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
and silently steal away. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A spirit of criticism, if indulged in, leads to a censoriousness of disposition that is destructive of all nobler feeling. The man who lives to find faults has a miserable mission. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The leaves of memory seemed to make A mournful rustling in the dark -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star. Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady lambent light, are luminous, but not sparkling. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fame grows like a tree if it have the principle of growth in it; the accumulated dews of ages freshen its leaves. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The purpose of that apple tree is to grow a little new wood each year. That is what I plan to do. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Day of the Lord, as all our days should be! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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At daybreak, on the bleak sea-beach,
A fisherman stood aghast,
To see the form of a maiden fair,
Lashed close to a drifting mast. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day's occupations, That is known as the Children's Hour. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days That are no more, and shall no more return. Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed; I stay a little longer, as one stays To cover up the embers that still burn. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search The hearts of young and old. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Happy art thou, as if every day thou hadst picked up a horseshoe. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The sea hath its pearls
The heaven hath its stars
But my heart, my heart
Has its love. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Welcome, my old friend, Welcome to a foreign fireside. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is true, that it is not at all necessary to love many books, in order to love them much. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Weak minds make treaties with the passions they cannot overcome, and try to purchase happiness at the expense of principle; but the resolute will of a strong man scorns such means, and struggles nobly with his foe to achieve great deeds. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Then followed that beautiful season ... Summer ...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I saw the long line of the vacant shore, The sea-weed and the shells upon the sand, And the brown rocks left bare on every hand, As if the ebbing tide would flow no more. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All your strength is in union, all your danger is in discord. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All your strength in is your union. All your danger is in discord.
Therefore be at peace henceforward, And as brothers live together. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The spring came suddenly, bursting upon the world as a child bursts into a room, with a laugh and a shout and hands full of flowers. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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This will be a great day in our history; the date of a New Revolution - quite as much needed as the old one. Even now as I write they are leading old John Brown to execution in Virginia for attempting to rescue slaves! This is sowing the wind to reap the whirlwind which will come soon! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Where, twisted round the barren oak,
The summer vine in beauty clung,
And summer winds the stillness broke,
The crystal icicle is hung. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Will without power is like children playing at soldiers. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The highest exercise of imagination is not to devise what has no existence, but rather to perceive what really exists, though unseen by the outward eye-not creation, but insight. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Trust no future, however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act
act in the living Present! Heart within and God overhead. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Simplicity is the character of the spring of life, costliness becomes its autumn; but a neatness and purity, like that of the snow-drop or lily of the valley, is the peculiar fascination of beauty, to which it lends enchantment, and gives what amiability is to the mind. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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With many readers, brilliancy of style passes for affluence of thought; they mistake buttercups in the grass for immeasurable gold mines under ground. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Big words do not smite like war-clubs, Boastful breath is not a bow-string, Taunts are not so sharp as arrows, Deeds are better things than words are, Actions mightier than boastings. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is folly to pretend that one ever wholly recovers from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar. There are faces I can never look upon without emotion, there are names I can never hear spoken without almost starting. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Truths that startled the generation in which they were first announced become in the next age the commonplaces of conversation; as the famous airs of operas which thrilled the first audiences come to be played on hand-organs in the streets. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I do not love thee less for what is done,
And cannot be undone. Thy very weakness
Hath brought thee nearer to me, and henceforth
My love will have a sense of pity in it,
Making it less a worship than before. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sculpture is more divine, and more like Nature, That fashions all her works in high relief, And that is Sculpture. This vast ball, the Earth, Was moulded out of clay, and baked in fire; Men, women, and all animals that breathe Are statues, and not paintings. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Love contending with friendship, and self with each generous impulse.
To and fro in his breast his thoughts were heaving and dashing,
As in a foundering ship. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The sun is set; and in his latest beams Yon little cloud of ashen gray and gold, Slowly upon the amber air unrolled, The falling mantle of the Prophet seems. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Defeat may be victory in disguise. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Youth, hope, and love: To build a new life on a ruined life, To make the future fairer than the past, And make the past appear a troubled dream. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Saint Augustine! well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Thinking the deed, and not the creed, Would help us in our utmost need. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Very hot and still the air was, Very smooth the gliding river, Motionless the sleeping shadows. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Torrent of light and river of air,
Along whose bed the glimmering stars are seen,
Like gold and silver sands in some ravine
Where mountain streams have left their channels bare! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Success is not something to wait for, it is something to work for. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Under a spreading chestnut-tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Anon from the castle walls The crescent banner falls, And the crowd beholds instead, Like a portent in the sky, Iskander's banner fly, The Black Eagle with double head. And shouts ascend on high ... ' Long live Scanderbeg. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As Unto the bow the the cord is ,
So unto the man is woman;
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him , yet she follows:
Useless each without the other. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Feeling is deep and still; and the word that floats on the surface Is as the tossing buoy, that betrays where the anchor is hidden. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Spake full well, in language quaint and olden, One who dwelleth by the castled Rhine, When he called the flowers, so blue and golden, Stars, that in earth's firmament do shine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The pleasant books, that silently among Our household treasures take familiar places, And are to us as if a living tongue Spake from the printed leaves or pictured faces! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Let us, then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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See yonder little cloud, that, borne aloft So tenderly by the wind, floats fast away Over the snowy peaks! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Shepherds at the grange, Where the Babe was born, Sang with many a change, Christmas carols until morn. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Alas! it is not till time, with reckless hand, has torn out half the leaves from the Book of Human Life to light the fires of passion with from day to day, that man begins to see that the leaves which remain are few in number. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A millstone and the human heart are driven ever round,
If they have nothing else to grind, they must themselves be ground. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Think of your woods and orchards without birds!
Of empty nests that cling to boughs and beams
As in an idiot's brain remembered words
Hang empty 'mid the cobwebs of his dreams! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I have a passion for ballad ... They are the gypsy children of song, born under green hedgerows in the leafy lanes and bypaths of literature,
in the genial Summertime. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In what a forge and what a heat were shaped the anchors of thy hope! Fear not each sudden sound and shock; 'Tis of the wave and not the rock. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sculpture is more than painting. It is greater To raise the dead to life than to create Phantoms that seem to live. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O little souls! as pure as white And crystalline as rays of light Direct from heaven, their source divine; Refracted through the mist of years, How red my setting sun appears, How lurid looks this soul of mine! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The foods that prolong life and increase purity, vigour, health, cheerfulness, and happiness are those that are delicious, soothing, substantial and agreeable ... Foods that are bitter, sour, salt, over-hot, pungent, dry and burning produce unhappiness, repentance and disease. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Taste the joy
That springs from labor. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Love is a bodily shape; and Christian works are no more than animate faith and love, as flowers are the animate springtide. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As the heart is, so is love to the heart. It partakes of its strength or weakness, its health or disease. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Where should the scholar live? In solitude, or in society? in the green stillness of the country, where he can hear the heart of Nature beat, or in the dark, gray town where he can hear and feel the throbbing heart of man? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And so we plough along, as the fly said to the ox. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ne speaketh not; and yet there lies a conversation in his eyes. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Wisely the Hebrews admit no Present tense in their language;
While we are speaking the word, it is is already the Past. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ambition's cradle oftenest is its grave -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Is this is a dream? O, if it be a dream, Let me sleep on, and do not wake me yet! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Down sank the great red sun, and in golden, glimmering vapors Veiled the light of his face, like the Prophet descending from Sinai. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Life like an empty dream flits by. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As great Pythagoras of yore,
Standing beside the blacksmith's door,
And hearing the hammers, as they smote
The anvils with a different note,
Stole from the varying tones, that hung
Vibrant on every iron tongue,
The secret of the sounding wire.
And formed the seven-chorded lyre. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O lovely river of Yvette!
O darling river! like a bride,
Some dimpled, bashful, fair Lisette
Thou goest to wed the Orge's tide.
O lovely river Yvette!
O darling stream! on balanced wings
The wood-birds sang the chansonnette
That here a wandering poet sings. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I love the season well When forest glades are teeming with bright forms, Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell The coming of storms. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I felt her presence, by its spell of might, Stoop o'er me from above; The calm, majestic presence of the Night, As of the one I love. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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How wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul. The intellect of man is enthroned visibly on his forehead and in his eye, and the heart of man is written on his countenance, but the soul, the soul reveals itself in the voice only. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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'Tis always morning somewhere, and aboveThe awakening continents, from shore to shore,Somewhere the birds are singing evermore. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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When one is truly in love, one not only says it, but shows it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The air is full of farewells to the dying. And mournings for the dead. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings - as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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But the good deed, through the ages Living in historic pages, Brighter grows and gleams immortal, Unconsumed by moth or rust. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Whatever hath been written shall remain,
Nor be erased nor written o'er again;
The unwritten only still belongs to thee:
Take heed, and ponder well what that shall be. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O summer day beside the joyous sea!
O summer day so wonderful and white,
So full of gladness and so full of pain!
Forever and forever shalt thou be
To some the gravestone of a dead delight,
To some the landmark of a new domain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Gorgeous flowerets in the sunlight shining, Blossoms flaunting in the eye of day, Tremulous leaves, with soft and silver lining, Buds that open only to decay. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Noble souls, through dust and heat, rise from disaster and defeat the stronger. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every author has the whole past to contend with; all the centuries are upon him. He is compared with Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O weary hearts! O slumbering eyes! O drooping souls, whose destinies Are fraught with fear and pain, Ye shall be loved again. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fair was she and young, when in hope began the long journey; Faded was she and old, when in disappointment it ended. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Beautiful in form and feature, lovely as the day, can there be so fair a creature formed of common clay? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O, never from the memory of my heart
Your dear, paternal image shall depart,
Who while on earth, ere yet by death surprised,
Taught me how mortals are immortalized;
How grateful am I for that patient care
All my life long my language shall declare. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The heights by which great men reach are not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept went toiling upwards through the night.
It may not be exact but it always how I remember it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Art is long, and Time is fleeting. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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You judge yourself by what your capable of doing, while others judge you by what you have already done -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Youth comes but once a life time. Perhaps, but it remains strong in many for their entire lives. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Death is the chillness that precedes the dawn; We shudder for a moment, then awake In the broad sunshine of the other life. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Kind messages, that pass from land to land; Kind letters, that betray the heart's deep history, In which we feel the pressure of a hand,
One touch of fire,
and all the rest is mystery! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The emigrant's way o'er the western desert is mark'd by
Camp-fires long consum'd and bones that bleach in the sunshine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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My own thoughts Are my companions. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The setting of a great hope is like the setting of the sun. The brightness of our life is gone. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fair words gladden so many a heart. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Like black hulks the shadows of the great trees ride at anchor on the billowy sea of grass. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Learn To Labor and to 'WAIT -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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To be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just retribution. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I am weary of your quarrels,
Weary of your wars and bloodshed,
Weary of your prayers for vengeance,
Of your wranglings and dissensions -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I promise myself great pleasure from my visit to England. You know I am to stay with Dickens while in London; and beside his own very agreeable society, I shall enjoy that of the most noted literary men of the day, which will be a great gratification to me. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All was ended now, the hope, and the fear and the sorrow,
All the aching of the heart, the restless, unsatisfied longing,
All the dull, deep pain, and constant anguish of patience! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, all my dreams, come back to me. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It was the schooner Hesperus, That sailed the wintry sea. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The course of my long life hath reached at last in fragile bark over a tempestuous sea the common harbor, where must rendered be account for all the actions of the past. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
And the tide rises, the tide falls. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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By the shore of Gitche Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water, At the doorway of his wigwam, In the pleasant Summer morning, Hiawatha stood and waited. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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What child has a heart to sing in this capricious clime of ours, when spring comes sailing in from the sea, with wet and heavy cloud-sails and the misty pennon of the east-wind nailed to the mast. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ah, yes, the sea is still and deep, All things within its bosom sleep! A single step, and all is o'er, A plunge, a bubble, and no more. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I know not how it is, but during a voyage I collect books as a ship does barnacles. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Round about what is, lies a whole mysterious world of might be, a psychological romance of possibilities and things that do not happen. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The first pressure of sorrow crushes out from our hearts the best wine; afterwards the constant weight of it brings forth bitterness, the taste and stain from the lees of the vat. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Our hearts are lamps for ever burning ... -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O thou child of many prayers!
Life hath quicksands, Life hath snares!
Care and age come unawares! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Life hath quicksands, Life hath snares! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I ploughed the land with horses,
But my heart was ill at ease,
For the old seafaring men
Came to me now and then,
With their sagas of the seas. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice Triumphs; -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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My Book and Heart Shall never part. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The low desire, the base design
That makes another's virtues less. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Then fell upon the house a sudden gloom, a shadow on those features fair and thin. And softly, from the hushed and darkened room, two angels issued, where but one went in. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The surest pledge of a deathless name Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A solid man of Boston; A comfortable man with dividends, And the first salmon and the first green peas. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nothing with God can be accidental. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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At first laying down, as a fact fundamental, That nothing with God can be accidental. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Take this sorrow to thy heart and make it part of thee, and it shall nourish thee till thou art strong again. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All the means of action
the shapeless masses
the materials
lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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They who go Feel not the pain of parting; it is they Who stay behind that suffer. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O beautiful, awful summer day, what hast thou given, what taken away? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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So Nature deals with us, and takes away Our playthings one by one, and by the hand Leads us to rest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A word that has been said may be unsaid-it is but air. But when a deed is done, it cannot be undone, nor can our thoughts reach out to all the mischiefs that may follow. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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What else remains for me? Youth, hope and love; To build a new life on a ruined life. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Some must follow and some command, through all are made oclay. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If the great Captain of Plymouth is so very eager to wed me, Why does he not come himself, and take the trouble to woo me? If I am not worth the wooing, I surely am not worth the winning! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Let us, then, be what we are, and speak what we think, and in all things Keep ourselves loyal to truth, and the sacred professions of friendship. It is no secret I tell you, nor am I ashamed to declare it: I have liked to be with you, to see you, to speak with you always. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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More hearts are breaking in this world of ours Than one would say. In distant villages And solitudes remote, where winds have wafted The barbed seeds of love, or birds of passage Scattered them in their flight, do they take root, And grow in silence, and in silence perish. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every man has his secret sorrows ... -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Think not because no man sees, such things will remain unseen. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Make not thyself the judge of any man. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All houses wherein men have lived and died / Are haunted houses. Through the open doors / The harmless phantoms on their errands glide, / With feet that make no sound upon the floors. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For next to being a great poet is the power of understanding one. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Now to rivulets from the mountains Point the rods of fortune-tellers; Youth perpetual dwells in fountains, Not in flasks, and casks, and cellars. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Death is better than disease. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Build me straight. O worthy Master! Staunch and strong, a goodly vessel That shall laugh at all disaster, And with wave and whirlwind wrestle! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Its reward is in the doing,
And the rapture of pursuing
Is the prize -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A sermon is no sermon in which I cannot hear the heartbeat. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Decide not rashly. The decision made
Can never be recalled. The gods implore not,
Plead not, solicit not; they only offer
Choice and occasion, which once being passed
Return no more. Dost thou accept the gift? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A Lady with a Lamp shall stand In the great history of the land, A noble type of good, Heroic womanhood. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Many people do not allow their principles to take root, but pull them up every now and then, as children do the flowers they have planted, to see if they are growing. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Races, better than we, have leaned on her wavering promise,
Having naught else but Hope. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Bell, thou soundest merrily, When the bridal party To the church doth hie! Bell, thou soundest solemnly, When, on Sabbath morning, Fields deserted lie! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Being all fashioned of the self-same dust, let us be merciful as well as just -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Does not all the blood within me
Leap to meet thee, leap to meet thee,
As the springs to meet the sunshine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Music is the universal language of mankind. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Music is the language spoken by angels. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And when the echoes had ceased, like a sense of pain was the silence. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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An enlightened mind is not hoodwinked; it is not shut up in a gloomy prison till it thinks the walls of its dungeon the limits of the universe, and the reach of its own chain the outer verge of intelligence. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Stars of earth, these golden flowers; emblems of our own great resurrection; emblems of the bright and better land. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Wondrous strong are the spells of fiction. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ripe in wisdom was he, but patient, and simple, and childlike. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The sunshine fails, the shadows grow more dreary,
And I am near to fall, infirm and weary. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes and roofs of villages, on woodland crests and their aerial neighborhoods of nests deserted, on the curtained window-panes of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes and harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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See yonder fire! It is the moon slow rising o'er the eastern hill. It glimmers on the forest tips, and through the dewy foliage drips In little rivulets of light, and makes the heart in love with night. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In the elder days of Art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
For the Gods are everywhere -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The hearts of some women tremble like leaves at every breath of love which reaches them, and they are still again. Others, like the ocean, are moved only by the breath of a storm, and not so easily lulled to rest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O Music! language of the soul, Of love, of God to man; Bright beam from heaven thrilling, That lightens sorrow's weight. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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He had mittens, Minjekahwun, Magic mittens made of deer-skin; When upon his hands he wore them, He could smite the rocks asunder, He could grind them into powder. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The star of the unconquered will, He rises in my breast, Serene, and resolute, and still, And calm, and self-possessed. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Your education begins where what is called your education is over.
Your fate is but the common lot of all. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Read from some humbler poet, Whose songs gushed from his heart, As showers from the clouds of summer, Or tears from the eyelids start. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Art is the child of Nature. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest ... White phantom city, whose untrodden streets Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Perserverence 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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so change of studies a dull brain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The heart, like the mind, has a memory.
And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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From labor there shall come forth rest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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They who live in history only seemed to walk the earth again. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Therefore, at Pentecost, which brings The Spring, clothed like a bride, When nestling buds unfold their wings, And bishop's-caps have golden rings, Musing upon many things, I sought the woodlands wide. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Work is my recreation,
The play of faculty; a delight like that
Which a bird feels in flying, or a fish
In darting through the water,
Nothing more. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ah, the souls of those that die Are but sunbeams lifted higher. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of His mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought - the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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What heart has not acknowledged the influence of this hour, the sweet and soothing hour of twilight, the hour of love, the hour of adoration, the hour of rest, when we think of those we love only to regret that we have not loved them more dearly, when we remember our enemies only to forgive them. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The country is lyric, the town dramatic. When mingled, they make the most perfect musical drama. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The swallow is come! The swallow is come! O, fair are the seasons, and light Are the days that she brings, With her dusky wings, And her bosom snowy white! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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We see but dimly through the mists and vapors; Amid these earthly damps What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers May be heaven's distant lamps. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In the long run men hit only what they aim at. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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But the nearer the dawn the darker the night, And by going wrong all things come right. Things have been mended that were worse, and the the worse, the nearer they are to mend. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All are architects of Fate, Working in these walls of Time; Some with massive deeds and great, Some with ornaments of rhyme. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Tomorrow is the mysterious, unknown guest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There is no flock, however watched and tended, but one dead lamb is there! There is no fireside howsoe'er defended, but has one vacant chair. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The day is done, and the darkness Falls from the wings of Night, As a feather is wafted downward From an eagle in his flight. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There rises the moon, broad and tranquil, through the branches of a walnut tree on a hill opposite. I apostrophize it in the words of Faust; "O gentle moon, that lookest for the last time upon my agonies!"
or something to that effect. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Glorious indeed is the world of God around us, but more glorious the world of God within us. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I shot an arrow into the air, it fell to earth, I knew not where. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Gone are the birds that were our summer guests. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Peace! and no longer from its brazen portals The blast of War's great organ shakes the skies! But beautiful as songs of the immortals, The holy melodies of love arise. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is autumn; not without But within me is the cold. Youth and spring are all about; It is I that have grown old. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The tragic element in poetry is like Saturn in alchemy, - the Malevolent, the Destroyer of Nature ; but without it no true Aurum Potabile, or Elixir of Life, can be made. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Time, like a preacher in the days of the Puritans, turned the hour-glass on his high pulpit, the church belfry. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Some critics are like chimney-sweepers; they put out the fire below, and frighten the swallows from their nests above; they scrape a long time in the chimney, cover themselves with soot, and bring nothing away but a bag of cinders, and then sing from the top of the house as if they had built it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Who has searched or sought
All the unexplored and spacious
Universe of thought?
Who, in his own skill confiding,
Shall with rule and line
Mark the border-land dividing
Human and divine? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O thou sculptor, painter, poet! Take this lesson to thy heart: That is best which lieth nearest; Shape from that thy work of art. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Thou shalt learn
The wisdom early to discern
True beauty in utility. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Silence and solitude, the soul's best friends. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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No endeavour is in vain;
Its reward is in the doing. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The motives and purposes of authors are not always so pure and high, as, in the enthusiasm of youth, we sometimes imagine. To many the trumpet of fame is nothing but a tin horn to call them home, like laborers from, the field, at dinner-time, and they think themselves lucky to get the dinner. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Some poems are like the Centaurs
a mingling of man and beast, and begotten of Ixion on a cloud. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I like that ancient Saxon phrase, which calls The burial-ground God's-Acre! It is just; It consecrates each grave within its walls, And breathes a benison o'er the sleeping dust. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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To-morrow! the mysterious, unknown guest,
Who cries to me: "Remember Barmecide,
And tremble to be happy with the rest."
And I make answer: "I am satisfied;
I dare not ask; I know not what is best;
God hath already said what shall betide. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In December ring Every day the chimes; Loud the gleemen sing In the streets their merry rhymes. Let us by the fire Ever higher Sing them till the night expire! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I love thee, as the good love heaven. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Time has a doomsday book, upon whose pages he is continually recording illustrious names. But as often as a new name is written there, an old one disappears. Only a few stand in illuminated characters never to be effaced. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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These stars of earth, these golden flowers. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The shadows of the mind are like those of the body. In the morning of life they all lie behind us; at noon we trample them under foot; and in the evening they stretch long, broad, and deepening before us. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The bravest are the tenderest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Life is real, life is earnest, and the grave is not its goal. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Dost thou know what a hero is? Why, a hero is as much as one should say, a hero. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Into a world unknown,-the corner-stone of a nation! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If thou art worn and hard beset,
With sorrows, that thou wouldst forget;
If thou wouldst read a lesson, that will keep
Thy heart from fainting and thy soul from sleep,
Go to the woods and hills! No tears
Dim the sweet look that Nature wears. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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This is the place. Stand still, my steed,- Let me review the scene, And summon from the shadowy past The forms that once have been. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Love makes its record in deeper colors as we grow out of childhood into manhood; as the Emperors signed their names in green ink when under age, but when of age, in purple. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The trees are white with dust, that o'er their sleep Wave their broad curtains in the south-wind's breath, While underneath such leafy tents they keep The long, mysterious Exodus of Death. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Such was the wreck of the Hesperus, In the midnight and the snow! Christ save us all from a death like this, On the reef of Norman's Woe! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Chill air and wintry winds! My ear has grown familiar with your song; I hear it in the opening year, I listen, and it cheers me long. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Youth wrenches the sceptre from old age, and sets the crown on its own head before it is entitled to it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sail on ship of state, sail on, I union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, with all its hopes of future years, is hanging on thy fate! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries-these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the Soul. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment; there is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Time is the life of the soul. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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What shall I say to you? What can I say Better than silence is? -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The happy should not insist too much upon their happiness in the presence of the unhappy. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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One half the world must sweat and groan that the other half may dream. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Write on your doors the saying wise and old,
"Be bold! be bold!" and everywhere
"Be bold;
Be not too bold!" Yet better the excess
Than the defect; better the more than less;
Better like Hector in the field to die,
Than like a perfumed Paris turn and fly, -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In youth all doors open outward; in old age all open inward. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Look, then, into thine heart, and write!
Yes, into Life's deep stream!
All forms of sorrow and delight,
All solemn Voices of the Night,
That can soothe thee, or affright, -
Be these henceforth thy theme.
(excerpt from "Voices of the Night") -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There is no death! What seems so is transition; this life of mortal breath is but a suburb of the life elysian, whose portal we call Death. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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But the great Master said, "I see
No best in kind, but in degree;
I gave a various gift to each,
To charm, to strengthen, and to teach". -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All things come round to him who will but wait. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For 'tis sweet to stammer one letter
Of the Eternal's language; - on earth it is called Forgiveness! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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To say the least, a town life makes one more tolerant and liberal in one's judgment of others. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Take them, O Death! and bear away Whatever thou canst call thine own! Thine image, stamped upon this clay, Doth give thee that, but that alone! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I am more afraid of deserving criticism than of receiving it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If a woman shows too often the Medusa's head, she must not be astonished if her lover is turned into stone. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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When Christ ascended Triumphantly from star to star He left the gates of Heaven ajar. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Resolve, and thou art free. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Stay, stay at home, my heart and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If the mind, which rules the body, ever forgets itself so far as to trample upon its slave, the slave is never generous enough to forgive the injury, but will rise and smite its oppressor. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Tis the center to which all gravitates. One finds no rest elswhere than here. There may be other cities that please us for a while, but Rome alone completely satisfies. It becomes to all a second native land by predilection, and not by accident of birth alone. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Happy, thrice happy, every one Who sees his labor well begun, And not perplexed and multiplied, By idly waiting for time and tide! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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God sifted a whole nation that he might send choice grain over into this wilderness. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Be thy sleep
Silent as night is, and as deep. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If you once understand an author's character, the comprehension of his writings becomes easy. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The soul never grows old. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Perseverance is a great element of success. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The air of summer was sweeter than wine. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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I love an author the more for having been himself a lover of books. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Age is opportunity no less than youth itself. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fortune comes well to all that comes not late. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Often times we call a man [or woman] cold when he [or she] is only sad. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Perhaps the greatest lesson which the lives of literary men teach us is told in a single word* Wait! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Much must he toil who serves the Immortal Gods. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Youth comes but once in a lifetime -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is the heart and not the brain, That to the highest doth attain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Our ingress into the world was naked and bare; our progress through the world is trouble and care; our egress from the world will be nobody knows where; but if we do well here we shall do well there. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Autumn arrives like a warrior with the stain of blood upon his brazen mail. His crimson scarf is rent. His scarlet banner drips with gore. His step is like a flail upon the threshing floor. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All nature ... is a respiration Of the Spirit of God, who, in breathing hereafter Will inhale it into his bosom again, So that nothing but God alone will remain. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Through woods and mountain passes The winds, like anthems, roll. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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No one is so accursed by fate, no one so utterly desolate, but some heart though unknown responds unto his own. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A handful of red sand from the hot clime
Of Arab deserts brought,
Within this glass becomes the spy of Time,
The minister of Thought. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Silence is a great peacemaker. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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How like they are to human things! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Who ne'er his bread in sorrow ate, Who ne'er the mournful midnight hours Weeping upon his bed has sate, He knows you not, ye Heavenly Powers. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The Nile, forever new and old, Among the living and the dead, Its mighty, mystic stream has rolled. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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How in the turmoil of life can love stand,
Where there is not one heart, and one mouth and one hand. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The Wreck of the Hesperus But the father answered never a word, A frozen corpse was he. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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That tree is very old, but I never saw prettier blossoms on it than it now bears. That tree grows new wood each year. Like that apple tree, I try to grow a new little wood each year. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is a beautiful trait in the lover's character, that they think no evil of the object loved. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Nothing that is can pause or stay. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Thus departed Hiawatha, Hiawatha the Beloved, In the glory of the sunset, In the purple mists of evening, To the regions of the home-wind, Of the Northwest-Wind, Keewaydin, To the Islands of the Blessed, To the Kingdom of Ponemah, To the Land of the Hereafter! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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O suffering, sad humanity! O ye afflicted ones, who lie Steeped to the lips in misery, Longing, yet afraid to die, Patient, though sorely tried! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Art is long, and time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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None but yourself who are your greatest foe. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The smoking flax before it burst to flame Was quenched by death, and broken the bruised reed. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There are favorable hours for reading a book, as for writing it. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There in seclusion and remote from men The wizard hand lies cold, Which at its topmost speed let fall the pen, And left the tale half told. Ah! who shall lift that wand of magic power, And the lost clew regain? The unfinished window in Aladdin's tower Unfinished must remain! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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All things must change to something new, to something strange. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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People demand freedom only when they have no power. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Let us, then, be what we are; speak what we think; and in all things keep ourselves loyal to truth. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Southward with fleet of ice Sailed the corsair Death; Wild and fast blew the blast, And the east-wind was his breath. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Books are sepulchres of thought. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Our pleasures and our discontents, Are rounds by which we may ascend. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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It is the mystery of the unknown
That fascinates us; we are children still
Wayward and wistful; with one hand we cling
To the familiar things we call our own,
And with the other, resolute of will,
Grope in the dark for what the day will bring -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Every human heart is human. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The true poet is a friendly man. He takes to his arms even cold and inanimate things, and rejoices in his heart. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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You would attain to the divine perfection. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Great men die and are forgotten,
Wise men speak; their words of wisdom
Perish in the ears that hear them,
Do not reach the generations
That, as yet unborn, are waiting
In the great, mysterious darkness
Of the speechless days that shall be! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Fear is the virtue of slaves; but the heart that loveth is willing. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Balder the beautiful/is dead, is dead! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Resolve, and thou art free. But breathe the air
Of mountains, and their unapproachable summits
Will lift thee to the level of themselves. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Be noble in every thought And in every deed! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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And, as she looked around, she saw how Death, the consoler, Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Let us be merciful as well as just. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The natural alone is permanent. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The morrow was a bright September morn; The earth was beautiful as if newborn; There was nameless splendor everywhere, That wild exhilaration in the air, Which makes the passers in the city street Congratulate each other as they meet. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Magnificent autumn! He comes not like a pilgrim, clad in russet weeds; not like a hermit, clad in gray; but like a warrior with the stain of blood in his brazen mail. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Listen my children and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Out of the bosom of the Air, Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent, and soft, and slow Descends the snow. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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With useless endeavour Forever, forever, Is Sisyphus rolling His stone up the mountain! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Truly, this world can get on without us, if we would but think so. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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In the mouths of many men soft words are like roses that soldiers put into the muzzles of their muskets on holidays. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There's not a ship that sails the ocean, But every climate, every soil, Must bring its tribute, great or small, And help to build the wooden wall! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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By unseen hands uplifted in the light Of sunset, yonder solitary cloud Floats, with its white apparel blown abroad, And wafted up to heaven. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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There's nothing fair nor beautiful, but takes Something from thee, that makes it beautiful. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Well I know the secret places, And the nests in hedge and tree; At what doors are friendly faces, In what hearts are thoughts of me. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow