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Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius. -- James Russell Lowell
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Get but the truth once uttered, and 'tis like
A star new-born that drops into its place
And which, once circling in its placid round,
Not all the tumult of the earth can shake. -- James Russell Lowell
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Slow are the steps of freedom, but her feet turn never backward. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is the vain endeavor to make ourselves what we are not that has strewn history with so many broken purposes and lives left in the rough. -- James Russell Lowell
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For there's nothing we read of in torture's inventions, Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions. -- James Russell Lowell
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Men have their intellectual ancestry, and the likeness of some one of them is forever unexpectedly flashing out in the features of a descendant, it may be after a gap of several centuries. In the parliament of the present every man represents a constituency of the past. -- James Russell Lowell
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Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction. -- James Russell Lowell
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The brain can be easy to buy, but the heart never comes to market. -- James Russell Lowell
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There are two kinds of genius. The first and highest may be said to speak out of the eternal to the present, and must compel its age to understand it; the second understands its age, and tells it what it wishes to be told. -- James Russell Lowell
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It may be glorious to write Thoughts that shall glad the two or three High souls, like those far stars that come in sight Once in a century. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is quite too common a practice, both in readers and the more superficial class of critics, to judge a book by what it is not, a matter much easier to determine than what it is. -- James Russell Lowell
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To put more faith in lies and hate than truth and love, is the true atheism. -- James Russell Lowell
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All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. -- James Russell Lowell
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There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends. -- James Russell Lowell
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Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty. -- James Russell Lowell
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Let us be thankful that there is no court by which we can be excluded from our share in the inheritance of the great poets of all ages and countries, to which our simple humanity entitles us. -- James Russell Lowell
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Many make the household but only one the home. -- James Russell Lowell
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If one waits for the right time to come before writing, the right time never comes. -- James Russell Lowell
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Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past. -- James Russell Lowell
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It ["The Ancient Mariner"] is marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland. -- James Russell Lowell
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Two meanings have our lightest fantasies,- One of the flesh, and of the spirit one. -- James Russell Lowell
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Practical application is the only mordant which will set things in the memory. Study without it is gymnastics, and not work, which alone will get intellectual bread. -- James Russell Lowell
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The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience. -- James Russell Lowell
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They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak; They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink From the truth they needs must think; They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three. -- James Russell Lowell
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Dear common flower, that grow'st beside the way, Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, First pledge of blithesome May, Which children pluck, and, full of pride uphold. -- James Russell Lowell
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And the poorest twig on the elm-tree was ridged inch deep with pearl. -- James Russell Lowell
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For Humanity sweeps onward: where today the martyr stands, On the morrow crouches Judas with the silver in his hands; Far in front the cross stands ready and the crackling fagots burn, While the hooting mob of yesterday in silent awe return To glean up the scattered ashes into History's golden urn. -- James Russell Lowell
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The eye is the notebook of the poet. -- James Russell Lowell
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O thou, whose days are yet all spring,
Faith, blighted once, is past retrieving;
Experience is a dumb, dead thing;
The victory's in believing. -- James Russell Lowell
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In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking. -- James Russell Lowell
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Some kind of pace may be got out of the eeriest jade by the near prospect of oats; but the thoroughbred has the spur in his blood. -- James Russell Lowell
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Life is a sheet of paper white / Whereon each one of us may write / His word or two, and then comes night. -- James Russell Lowell
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We cannot but think there is something like a fallacy in Mr. Buckle's theory that the advance of mankind is necessarily in the direction of science, and not in that of morals. -- James Russell Lowell
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He gives only the worthless gold who gives from a sense of duty. -- James Russell Lowell
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A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity -- James Russell Lowell
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I love her with a love as still As a broad river's peaceful might, Which by high tower and lowly mill, Goes wandering at its own will, And yet does ever flow aright. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is beginning to be doubtful whether Parliament and Congress sit in Westminster and Washington, or in the editorial rooms of the leading journals,
so thoroughly is everything debated before the authorized and responsible debaters get on their legs. -- James Russell Lowell
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My soul is not a palace of the past ... -- James Russell Lowell
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Year by year, more and more of the world gets disenchanted. Even the icy privacy of the arctic and antarctic circles is invaded. We have played Jack Horner with our earth, till there is never a plum left in it. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not failure, but low aim, is crime. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fashion being the art of those who must purchase notice at some cheaper rate than that of being beautiful, loves to do rash and extravagant things. She must be forever new, or she becomes insipid. -- James Russell Lowell
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Where Church and State are habitually associated, it is natural that minds, even of a high order, should unconsciously come to regard religion as only a subtler mode of police. -- James Russell Lowell
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O chime of sweet Saint Charity, Peal soon that Easter morn When Christ for all shall risen be, And in all hearts new-born! That Pentecost when utterance clear To all men shall be given, When all shall say My Brother here, And hear My Son in heaven! -- James Russell Lowell
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Making one object, in outward or inward nature, more holy to a single heart is reward enough for a life; for the more sympathies we gain or awaken for what is beautiful, by so much deeper will be our sympathy for that which is most beautiful,
the human soul! -- James Russell Lowell
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Great truths are portions of the soul of man; Great souls are portions of eternity. -- James Russell Lowell
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Christ was the first true democrat that ever breathed, as the old dramatist Dekkar said he was the first true gentleman. -- James Russell Lowell
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Ef you want peace, the thing you've gut to du
Is jes' to show you're up to fightin', tu. -- James Russell Lowell
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Some day the soft Ideal that we wooed
Confronts us fiercely, foe-beset, pursued,
And cries reproachful: Was it then my praise,
And not myself was loved? Prove now thy truth;
I claim of thee the promise of thy youth. -- James Russell Lowell
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That best academy, a mother's knee. -- James Russell Lowell
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The ash her purple drops forgivingly
And sadly, breaking not the general hush;
The maple swamps glow like a sunset sea,
Each leaf a ripple with its separate flush;
All round the wood's edge creeps the skirting blaze,
Ere the rain falls, the cautious farmer burns his brush. -- James Russell Lowell
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The English Puritans pulled down church and state to rebuild Zion on the ruins, and all the while it was not Zion, but America, they were building. -- James Russell Lowell
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God'll send the bill to you. -- James Russell Lowell
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Laborin' man an' laborin' woman Hev one glory an' one shame; Ev'y thin' thet' s done inhuman Injers all on 'em the same. -- James Russell Lowell
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This imputation of inconsistency is one to which every sound politician and every honest thinker must sooner or later subject himself. The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual -- James Russell Lowell
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Silence is sorrow's best food. -- James Russell Lowell
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Over all life broods Poesy, like the calm blue sky with its motherly, rebuking face. She is the great reformer, and where the love of her is strong and healthy, wickedness and wrong cannot long prevail. -- James Russell Lowell
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Reading enables us to see with the keenest eyes, to hear with the finest ears, and listen to the sweetest voices of all time. -- James Russell Lowell
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The future works out great men's destinies; The present is enough for common souls, Who, never looking forward, are indeed Mere clay wherein the footprints of their age Are petrified forever. -- James Russell Lowell
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It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled. -- James Russell Lowell
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New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth; They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth. -- James Russell Lowell
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I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. -- James Russell Lowell
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Those who love are but one step from heaven. -- James Russell Lowell
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No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself. -- James Russell Lowell
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Long, sparkling aisles of steel-stemmed trees Bending to counterfeit a breeze ... -- James Russell Lowell
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Behind the dim unknown, Standeth God with the shadow, keeping watch above his own. -- James Russell Lowell
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Nature, they say, doth dote,
And cannot make a man
Save on some worn-out plan
Repeating us by rote:
For him her Old World moulds aside she threw
And, choosing sweet clay from the breast
Of the unexhausted West,
With stuff untainted shaped a hero new. -- James Russell Lowell
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Whenever you have the kind of market that is taking shape now - a wildly volatile one with big pricing discrepancies - it plays right into the hands of managers who are very focused on research and stock picking. -- James Russell Lowell
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O reputation! dearer far than life. -- James Russell Lowell
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An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run. -- James Russell Lowell
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Be NOBLE! and the nobleness that liesIn other men, sleeping, but never dead,Will rise in majesty to meet thine own. -- James Russell Lowell
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Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave; plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then -- James Russell Lowell
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Men! whose boast it is that ye Come of fathers brave and free, If there breathe on earth a slave, Are ye truly free and brave? -- James Russell Lowell
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What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral. -- James Russell Lowell
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In life's small things be resolute and great To keep thy muscle trained; Know'st thou when Fate Thy measure takes, or when she'll say to thee, "I find thee worthy; do this deed for me?" -- James Russell Lowell
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I don't believe in princerple, But oh I du in interest. -- James Russell Lowell
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God is not dumb, that he should speak no more;
If thou hast wanderings in the wilderness
And find'st not Sinai, 'tis thy soul is poor. -- James Russell Lowell
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Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it; We are happy now because God wills it. -- James Russell Lowell
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The discontent with the existing order of things pervaded the atmosphere, wherever the conditions were favorable, long before Columbus, seeking the back door of Asia, found himself knocking at the front door of America. -- James Russell Lowell
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Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. -- James Russell Lowell
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While tenderness of feeling and susceptibility to generous emotions are accidents of temperament, goodness is an achievement of the will and a quality of the life. -- James Russell Lowell
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Take winter as you find him, and he turns out to be a thoroughly honest fellow; with no nonsense in him, which is a great comfort in the long-run. -- James Russell Lowell
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Here was a type of the true elder race, And one of Plutarch's men talked with us face to face. -- James Russell Lowell
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The rich man's sons inherits cares; The bank may break, the factory burn, A breath may burst his bubble shares, And soft, white hands could hardly earn A living that would serve his turn. -- James Russell Lowell
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Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side. -- James Russell Lowell
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A stray hair, by its continued irritation, may give more annoyance than a smart blow. -- James Russell Lowell
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Piety is indifferent whether she enters at the eye or at the ear. There is none of the senses at which she does not knock one day or other. The Puritans forgot this, and thrust Beauty out of the meeting-house and slammed the door in her face. -- James Russell Lowell
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True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment. -- James Russell Lowell
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All share in the government of the world was denied for centuries to perhaps the ablest, certainly the most tenacious race that had ever lived in it -- James Russell Lowell
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Most religion-mongers have bated their paradises with a bit of toasted cheese. They have tempted the body with large promises of possessions in their transmortal El Dorado. Sancho Panza will not quit his chimney-corner, but under promise of imaginary islands to govern. -- James Russell Lowell
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Violet! sweet violet! Thine eyes are full of tears; Are they wet Even yet With the thought of other years? -- James Russell Lowell
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In the gain or loss of one race all the rest have equal claim. -- James Russell Lowell
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Many-sidedness of culture makes our vision clearer and keener in particulars. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is right precious to behold
The first long surf of climbing light
Flood all the thirsty east with gold. -- James Russell Lowell
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Borrowed garments never keep one warm. -- James Russell Lowell
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Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy. -- James Russell Lowell
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No mud can soil us but the mud we throw. -- James Russell Lowell
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When I was a beggarly boy, And lived in a cellar damp, I had not a friend nor a toy, But I had Aladdin's lamp ... -- James Russell Lowell
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The material of thought re-acts upon the thought itself. -- James Russell Lowell
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The secret of force in writing lies not so much in the pedigree of nouns and adjectives and verbs, as in having something that you believe in to say, and making the parts of speech vividly conscious of it. -- James Russell Lowell
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God is the only being who has time enough; but a prudent man, who knows how to seize occasion, can commonly make a shift to find as much as he needs. -- James Russell Lowell
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Ah, men do not know how much strength is in poise, That he goes the farthest who goes far enough. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not a deed would he do,
Not a word would he utter,
Till he's weighed its relation
To plain bread and butter. -- James Russell Lowell
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Good heavens, of what un costly material is our earthly happiness composed ... if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. -- James Russell Lowell
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Light is the symbol of truth. -- James Russell Lowell
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In the scale of the destinies, brawn will never weigh so mach as brain. -- James Russell Lowell
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Through aisles of long-drawn centuries my spirit walks in thought. -- James Russell Lowell
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But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet. Lessen like sound of friends departing feet; And death is beautiful as feet of friend. Coming with welcome at our journey's end. -- James Russell Lowell
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Literature, properly so called, draws its sap from the deep soil of human nature's common and everlasting sympathies, the gathered leaf-mound of countless generations, and not from any top dressing capriciously scattered over the surface. -- James Russell Lowell
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True love is but a humble, low born thing,
And hath its food served up in earthenware;
It is a thing to walk with, hand in hand,
Through the every-dayness of this workday world. -- James Russell Lowell
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Heaven is neither here nor there to me. Everywhere and nowhere. Just not in between, But I believe in Heaven. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave. -- James Russell Lowell
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So we're all right, an' I, for one, Don't think our cause'll lose in vally By rammin' Scriptur' in our gun, An' gittin' Natur' for an ally. -- James Russell Lowell
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Reading Chaucer is like brushing through the dewy grass at sunrise. -- James Russell Lowell
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The snow had begun in the gloaming, and busily all the night had been heaping field and highway with a silence deep and white. -- James Russell Lowell
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Of courage and security from every sod of it would have evaporated beyond recall. We should be irrevocably cut -- James Russell Lowell
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Evil is a far more cunning and persevering propagandist than good, for it has no inward strength, and is driven to seek countenance and sympathy. -- James Russell Lowell
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For only by unlearning Wisdom comes. -- James Russell Lowell
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A beggar through the world am I, From place to place I wander by. Fill up my pilgrim's scrip for me, For Christ's sweet sake and charity. -- James Russell Lowell
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The pale and quiet moon Makes her calm forehead bare, And the last fragments of the storm, Like shattered rigging from a fight at sea, Silent and few, are drifting over me. -- James Russell Lowell
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Of my merit On that pint you yourself may jedge: All is, I never drink no sperit, Nor I haint never signed no pledge. -- James Russell Lowell
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I would hardly change the sorrowful words of the poets for their glad ones. Tears dampen the strings of the lyre, but they grow the tensor for it, and ring even the clearer and more ravishingly. -- James Russell Lowell
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Scepticism commonly takes up the room left by defect of imagination, and is the very quality of mind most likely to seek for sensual proof of supersensual things. If one came from the dead it could not believe; and yet it longs for such a witness, and will put up with a very dubious one. -- James Russell Lowell
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Nature fits all her children with something to do, he who would write and can't write, can surely review. -- James Russell Lowell
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With every step of the recent traveler our inheritance of the wonderful is diminished. Those beautiful pictured notes of the possible are redeemed at a ruinous discount in the hard coin of the actual. -- James Russell Lowell
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[B]ut in literature, it should be remembered, a thing always becomes his at last who says it best, and thus makes it his own. -- James Russell Lowell
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Whom the heart of man shuts out, Sometimes the heart of God takes in, And fences them all round about With silence mid the worlds loud din. -- James Russell Lowell
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A father of the church said that property was theft, many centuries before Proudhon was born. Bourdaloue reaffirmed it. Montesquieu was the inventor of national workshops and of the theory that the state owed every man a living. Nay, was not the church herself the first organized democracy? -- James Russell Lowell
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Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return. -- James Russell Lowell
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The nunneries of silent nooks, the murmured longing of the wood. -- James Russell Lowell
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The New World's sons from England's breast we drew
Such milk as bids remember whence we came,
Proud of her past wherefrom our future grew,
This window we inscribe with Raleigh's fame. -- James Russell Lowell
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Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. -- James Russell Lowell
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Wut 's words to them whose faith an' truth On war's red techstone rang true metal; Who ventered life an' love an' youth For the gret prize o' death in battle? -- James Russell Lowell
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Over our manhood bend the skies; Against our fallen and traitor lives The great winds utter prophecies; With our faint hearts the mountain strives, Its arms outstretched, the druid wood Waits with its benedicite And to our age's drowsy blood Still shouts the inspiring sea. -- James Russell Lowell
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If the devil take a less hateful shape to us than to our fathers, he is as busy with us as with them. -- James Russell Lowell
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The only conclusive evidence of a man's sincerity is that he gives himself for a principle. Words, money, all things else, are comparatively easy to give away; but when a man makes a gift of his daily life and practice, it is plain that the truth, whatever it may be, has taken possession of him. -- James Russell Lowell
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Like streams that keep a summer mind Snow-hid in Jenooary. -- James Russell Lowell
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My gran'ther's rule was safer 'n 't is to crow: Don't never prophesy - onless ye know. -- James Russell Lowell
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The thing we long for, that we are For one transcendent moment. -- James Russell Lowell
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A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fate loves best such syllables as are sweet and sonorous on the tongue. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not as all other women are
Is she that to my soul is dear;
Her glorious fancies come from far,
Beneath the silver evening star,
And yet her heart is ever near. -- James Russell Lowell
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Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth and falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some new decision, offering each bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever twixt that darkness and that light. -- James Russell Lowell
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Against the windows the storm comes dashing, Through tattered foliage the hail tears crashing, The blue lightning flashes, The rapid hail clashes ... The thunder is rumbling And crashing and crumbling ... -- James Russell Lowell
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To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life. -- James Russell Lowell
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The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. -- James Russell Lowell
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I who still pray at morning and at eve Thrice in my life perhaps have truly prayed, Thrice stirred below conscious self Have felt that perfect disenthrallment which is God. -- James Russell Lowell
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Even as the roots, shut in the darksome earth,
Share in the tree top's joyance, and conceive
Of sunshine and wide air and winged things,
By sympathy of nature, so do I -- James Russell Lowell
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A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions. -- James Russell Lowell
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True freedom is to share All the chains our brothers wear, And, with heart and hand, to be Earnest to make others free! -- James Russell Lowell
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As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,So nobleness enkindleth nobleness. -- James Russell Lowell
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The path of nature is, indeed, a narrow one, and it is only the immortals that seek it, and, when they find it, do not find themselves cramped therein. -- James Russell Lowell
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He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft. -- James Russell Lowell
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A friendship counting nearly forty years is the finest kind of shade-tree I know. -- James Russell Lowell
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Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold- bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief. -- James Russell Lowell
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Whoever can endure unmixed delight, whoever can tolerate music and painting and poetry all in one, whoever wishes to be rid of thought and to let the busy anvils of the brain be silent for a time, let him read in the "Faery Queen." -- James Russell Lowell
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I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest. -- James Russell Lowell
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Tyranny is always weakness -- James Russell Lowell
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Human nature has a much greater genius for sameness than for originality. -- James Russell Lowell
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Tyrants are but the spawn of Ignorance, Begotten by the slaves they trample on. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not a change for the better in our human housekeeping has ever taken place that wise and good men have not opposed it-have not prophesied that the world would wake up to find its throat cut in consequence. -- James Russell Lowell
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The first lesson of life is to burn our own smoke; that is, not to inflict on outsiders our personal sorrows and petty morbidness, not to keep thinking of ourselves as exceptional cases. -- James Russell Lowell
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His heart kep' goin' pity-pat, But hern went pity-Zekle. -- James Russell Lowell
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This goin' ware glory waits ye haint one agreeable feetur. -- James Russell Lowell
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To genius life never grows commonplace. -- James Russell Lowell
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Democracy is that form of society, no matter what its political classification, in which every man has a chance and knows that he has it. -- James Russell Lowell
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The stiff rails were softened to swan's-down, and still fluttered down the snow. -- James Russell Lowell
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Humbleness is always grace; always dignity -- James Russell Lowell
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All God's angels come to us disguised. -- James Russell Lowell
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Folks never understand the folks they hate. -- James Russell Lowell
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Winds wanders, and dews drip earthward; Rains fall, suns rise and set; Earth whirls, and all but to prosper A poor little violet. -- James Russell Lowell
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May is a pious fraud of the almanac A ghastly parody of real Spring Shaped out of snow and breathed with eastern wind. -- James Russell Lowell
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Hush! Still as death, The tempest holds his breath As from a sudden will; The rain stops short, but from the eaves You see it drop, and hear it from the leaves, All is so bodingly still ... -- James Russell Lowell
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A weed is no more than a flower in disguise. -- James Russell Lowell
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What men call luck Is the prerogative of valiant souls, The fealty life pays its rightful kings. -- James Russell Lowell
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Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes. -- James Russell Lowell
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What means this glory round our feet, The Magi mused, "more bright than morn!" And voices chanted clear and sweet, "To-day the Prince of Peace is born. -- James Russell Lowell
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From lower to the higher next, Not to the top, is Nature's text; And embryo Good, to reach full stature, Absorbs the Evil in its nature. -- James Russell Lowell
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Old gold has a civilizing virtue which new gold must grow old to be capable of secreting. -- James Russell Lowell
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To have greatly dreamed precludes low ends. -- James Russell Lowell
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The traitor to Humanity is the traitor most accursed; Man is more than Constitutions; better rot beneath the sod, Than be true to Church and State while we are doubly false to God. -- James Russell Lowell
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The green grass floweth like a stream
Into the oceans's blue. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fools, when their roof-tree falls, think it doomsday. -- James Russell Lowell
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Faith in God, faith in man, faith in work: this is the short formula in which we may sum up the teachings of the founders of New England,
a creed ample enough for this life and the next. -- James Russell Lowell
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God's livery is a very plain one; but its wearers have good reason to be content. If it have not so much gold-lace about it as Satan's, it keeps out foul weather better, and is besides a great deal cheaper. -- James Russell Lowell
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Our seasons have no fixed returns, Without our will they come and go; At noon our sudden summer burns, Ere sunset all is snow. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business. -- James Russell Lowell
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Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly. -- James Russell Lowell
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Tis as easy to be heroes as to sit the idle slaves. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is good To lengthen to the last a sunny mood. -- James Russell Lowell
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Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace. -- James Russell Lowell
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A woman's love Is mighty, but a mother's heart is weak, And by its weakness overcomes. -- James Russell Lowell
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And I honor the man who is willing to sink half his present repute for the freedom to think, and, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak, Will risk t' other half for the freedom to speak. -- James Russell Lowell
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And blessed are the horny hands of toil. -- James Russell Lowell
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And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days. -- James Russell Lowell
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This child is not mine as the first was; I cannot sing it to rest; I cannot lift it up fatherly, And bless it upon my breast. Yet it lies in my little one's cradle, And sits in my little one's chair, And the light of the heaven she 's gone to Transfigures its golden hair. -- James Russell Lowell
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New conditions of life will stimulate thought and give new forms to its expression. -- James Russell Lowell
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A wise man travels to discover himself. -- James Russell Lowell
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The soil out of which such men as he are made is good to be born on, good to live on, good to die for and to be buried in. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is no good arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is not without reason that fame is awarded only after death. The cloud-dust of notoriety which follows and envelops the men who drive with the wind bewilders contemporary judgment. -- James Russell Lowell
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Did man e'er live Saw priest or woman yet forgive? -- James Russell Lowell
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How I do love the earth. I feel it thrill under my feet. I feel somehow as if it were conscious of my love, as if something passed into my dancing blood from it. -- James Russell Lowell
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A sneer is the weapon of the weak. Like other devil's weapons, it is always cunningly ready to our hand, and there is more poison in the handle than in the point. -- James Russell Lowell
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Pride of origin, whether high or low, springs from the same principle in human nature; one is but the positive, the other the negative, pole of a single weakness. -- James Russell Lowell
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Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship. -- James Russell Lowell
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As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend. -- James Russell Lowell
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What a man pays for bread and butter is worth its market value, and no more. What he pays for love's sake is gold indeed, which has a lure for angels' eyes, and rings well upon God's touchstone. -- James Russell Lowell
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The quiet tenderness of Chaucer, where you almost seem to hear the hot tears falling, and the simple choking words sobbed out. -- James Russell Lowell
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The wisest man could ask no more of fate Than to be simple, modest, manly, true, Safe from the many, honored by the few; Nothing to court in Church, or World, or State, But inwardly in secret to be great. -- James Russell Lowell
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Before Man made us citizens, great Nature made us men. -- James Russell Lowell
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The Don Quixote of one generation may live to hear himself called the savior of society by the next. -- James Russell Lowell
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Here come the hum the golden bees
Underneath full blossomed trees,
At once with glowing fruit and flowers crowned. -- James Russell Lowell
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Evil springs up, and flowers, and bears no seed, And feeds the green earth with its swift decay, Leaving it richer for the growth of truth. -- James Russell Lowell
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The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it. -- James Russell Lowell
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Truth only needs to be for once spoken out; and there's such music in her, such strange rhythm, as makes men's memories her joyous slaves. -- James Russell Lowell
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Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances. -- James Russell Lowell
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These pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred, Each softly lucent as a rounded moon; The diver Omar plucked them from their bed, Fitzgerald strung them on an English thread. -- James Russell Lowell
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Comparative criticism teaches us that moral and aesthetic defects are more nearly related than is commonly supposed. -- James Russell Lowell
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Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit. -- James Russell Lowell
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Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is surely room for yet another schoolmaster when a score of seers advertise themselves in Boston newspapers. -- James Russell Lowell
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At the devil's booth are all things sold. Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold. -- James Russell Lowell
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Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested. -- James Russell Lowell
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No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer. -- James Russell Lowell
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May is a pious fraud of the almanac. -- James Russell Lowell
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Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
-- James Russell Lowell
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Life seems a jest of Fate's contriving. -- James Russell Lowell
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Certainly it is no shame to a man that he should be as nice about his country as his sweetheart, yet it would not be wise to hold everyone an enemy who could not see her with our own enchanted eyes. -- James Russell Lowell
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The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me. -- James Russell Lowell
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Large charity doth never soil, but only whitens soft white hands. -- James Russell Lowell
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Sorrow is the great idealizer. -- James Russell Lowell
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The right to be a cussed fool Is safe from all devices human, It's common (ez a gin'I rule) To every critter born of woman. -- James Russell Lowell
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Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave. -- James Russell Lowell
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An angel stood and met my gaze, Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays; I only know she came and went. -- James Russell Lowell
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Men's thoughts and opinions are in a great degree vassals of him who invents a new phrase or re-applies an old epithet. The thought or feeling a thousand times repeated becomes his at last who utters it best. -- James Russell Lowell
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The pine is the mother of legends. -- James Russell Lowell
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Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. -- James Russell Lowell
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If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon. -- James Russell Lowell
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Things always seem fairer when we look back at them, and it is out of that inaccessible tower of the past that Longing leans and beckons. -- James Russell Lowell
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Democracy is nothing more than an experiment in government, more likely to succeed in a new soil, but likely to be tried in all soils, which must stand or fall on its own merits as others have done before it. For there is no trick of perpetual motion in politics any more than in mechanics. -- James Russell Lowell
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The very gnarliest and hardest of hearts has some musical strings in it; but they are tuned differently in every one of us. -- James Russell Lowell
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A sneer is the weapon of the weak. -- James Russell Lowell
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They have rights who dare maintain them. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not only around our infancy Doth heaven with all its splendors lie; Daily, with souls that cringe and plot, We Sinais climb and know it not. -- James Russell Lowell
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If God made poets for anything, it was to keep alive the traditions of the pure, the holy, and the beautiful. -- James Russell Lowell
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Taste is the next gift to genius. -- James Russell Lowell
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A ginooine statesman should be on his guard, if he must hev beliefs, not to b'lieve 'em too hard. -- James Russell Lowell
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Stories now, to suit a public taste, must be half epigram, half pleasant vice. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fastidiousness is only another word for egotism; and all men who know not where to look for truth save in the narrow well of self will find their own image at the bottom, and mistake it for what they are seeking. -- James Russell Lowell
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They enslave their children's children who make compromise with sin. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare. -- James Russell Lowell
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We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him. -- James Russell Lowell
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Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. -- James Russell Lowell
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O visionary world, condition strange, Where naught abiding is but only change. -- James Russell Lowell
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Life is constantly weighing us in very sensitive scales, and telling every one of us precisely what his real weight is to the last grain of dust. -- James Russell Lowell
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'T is heaven alone that is given away; 'T is only God may be had for the asking. -- James Russell Lowell
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Freedom is the only law which genius knows. -- James Russell Lowell
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In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing. -- James Russell Lowell
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All thoughts that mold the age begin deep down within the primitive soul. -- James Russell Lowell
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The sentimentalist does not think of what he does so much as of what the world will think of what he does. -- James Russell Lowell
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A marciful Providunce fashioned us holler O' purpose thet we might our principles swaller. -- James Russell Lowell
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Moral supremacy is the only one that leaves monuments, and not ruins, behind it. -- James Russell Lowell
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Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates. -- James Russell Lowell
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Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain. -- James Russell Lowell
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Though old the thought and oft exprest, Tis his at last who says it best. -- James Russell Lowell
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It seems to me that the bane of our country is a profession of faith either with no basis of real belief, or with no proper examination of the grounds on which the creed is supposed to rest. -- James Russell Lowell
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Never did Poesy appear So full of heaven to me, as when I saw how it would pierce through pride and fear To the lives of coarsest men. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is only by instigation of the wrongs of men that what we call the rights of men become turbulent and dangerous. -- James Russell Lowell
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The greater your real strength and power, the quieter it will be exercised. -- James Russell Lowell
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The heart forgets its sorrow and ache. -- James Russell Lowell
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The one thing finished in this hasty world. -- James Russell Lowell
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Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how. -- James Russell Lowell
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To win the secret of a weed's plain heart. -- James Russell Lowell
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A man is old when he can pass an apple orchard and not remember the stomachache. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves. -- James Russell Lowell
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And what they dare to dream of, date to do. -- James Russell Lowell
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The fireflies o'er the meadow In pulses come and go. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is not a great Xerxes army of words, but a compact Greek ten thousand that march safely down to posterity. -- James Russell Lowell
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That love for one, from which there doth not spring Wide love for all, is but a worthless thing. -- James Russell Lowell
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Tiny Salmoneus of the air His mimic bolts the firefly threw. -- James Russell Lowell
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I tell ye wut, my judgment is you're pooty sure to fail, Ez long 'z the head keeps turnin' back for counsel to the the tail. -- James Russell Lowell
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Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy. -- James Russell Lowell
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The pressure of public opinion is like the pressure of the atmosphere; you can't see it - but all the same, it is sixteen pounds to the square inch. -- James Russell Lowell
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The opening of the first grammar school was the opening of the first trench against monopoly in Church and State. -- James Russell Lowell
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One learns more metaphysics from a single temptation than from all the philosophers. -- James Russell Lowell
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Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty. -- James Russell Lowell
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Tis easy now for the heart to be true As for grass to be green or skies to be blue
'Tis the natural way of living. -- James Russell Lowell
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How little inventiveness there is in man, Grave copier of copies. -- James Russell Lowell
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That pernicious sentiment, "Our country, right or wrong." -- James Russell Lowell
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Freedom needs all her poets; it is they
Who give her aspirations wings,
And to the wiser law of music sway
Her wild imaginings. -- James Russell Lowell
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A word once vulgarized can never be rehabilitated. -- James Russell Lowell
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Democracy has a habit of making itself generally disagreeable by asking the powers-that-be at the most inconvenient moment whether they are the powers-that-ought-to-be -- James Russell Lowell
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Truth is quite beyond the reach of satire. There is so brave a simplicity in her that she can no more be made ridiculous than an oak or a pine. -- James Russell Lowell
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The story of any one man's real experience finds its startling parallel in that of every one of us. -- James Russell Lowell
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Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found. -- James Russell Lowell
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The question of common sense is always: 'what is it good for?' -
a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage. -- James Russell Lowell
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The purely Great
Whose soul no siren passion could unsphere,
Thou nameless, now a power and mixed with fate. -- James Russell Lowell
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But better far it is to speak
One simple word, which now and then
Shall waken their free nature in the weak
And friendless sons of men. -- James Russell Lowell
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What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us. -- James Russell Lowell
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In all literary history there is no such figure as Dante, no such homogeneousness of life and works, such loyalty to ideas, such sublime irrecognition of the unessential. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence. -- James Russell Lowell
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To make the common marvelous is the test of genius. -- James Russell Lowell
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And but two ways are offered to our will, Toil with rare triumph, ease with safe disgrace, The problem still for us and all of human race. -- James Russell Lowell
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No sincere desire of doing good need make an enemy of a single human being; that philanthropy has surely a flaw in it which cannot sympathize with the oppressor equally as with the oppressed. -- James Russell Lowell
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On Lincoln: A profound common sense is the best genius for statesmanship. -- James Russell Lowell
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Ye come and go incessant; we remain Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past; Be reverent, ye who flit and are forgot, Of faith so nobly realized as this. -- James Russell Lowell
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All that hath been majestical
In life or death, since time began,
Is native in the simple heart of all,
The angel heat of man. -- James Russell Lowell
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To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires. -- James Russell Lowell
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The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change. -- James Russell Lowell
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Time makes ancient good uncouth. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us. -- James Russell Lowell
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For men in earnest have no time to waste In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth. -- James Russell Lowell
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One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. -- James Russell Lowell
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That cause is strong which has, not a multitude, but one strong man behind it. -- James Russell Lowell
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The riches of scholarship, the benignities of literature, defy fortune and outlive calamity. They are beyond the reach of thief or moth or rust. As they cannot be inherited, so they cannot, be alienated. -- James Russell Lowell
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The gift without the giver is rare. -- James Russell Lowell
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Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light. -- James Russell Lowell
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Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession many. -- James Russell Lowell
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They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy. -- James Russell Lowell
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The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude. -- James Russell Lowell
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History is clarified experience. -- James Russell Lowell
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Better one bite at forty, of truths bitter rind, than the hot wine that gushed from the vintage of twenty. -- James Russell Lowell
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It may be conjectured that it is cheaper in the long run to lift men up than to hold them down, and that the ballot in their hands is less dangerous to society than a sense of wrong is in their heads. -- James Russell Lowell
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I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife. -- James Russell Lowell
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We kind o' thought Christ went agin war an' pillage. -- James Russell Lowell
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One day with life and heart
Is more than time enough to find a world. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is something solid and doughty in the man that can rise from defeat, the stuff of which victories are made in due time, when we are able to choose our position better, and the sun is at our back. -- James Russell Lowell
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No man, I suspect, ever lived long in the country without being bitten by these meteorological ambitions. He likes to be hotter and colder, to have been more deeply snowed up, to have more trees and larger blown down than his neighbors. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is only the intellect that can be thoroughly and hideously wicked. It can forget everything in the attainment of its ends. The heart recoils; in its retired some drops of childhood's dew still linger, defying manhood's fiery noon. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not but wut abstract war is horrid, I sign to thet with all my heart, But civilysation doos git forrid Sometimes, upon a powder-cart. -- James Russell Lowell
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It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reasoning is. -- James Russell Lowell
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Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm, eloquence produces conviction for the moment; but it is only by truth to Nature and the everlasting institutions of mankind that those abiding influences are won that enlarge from generation to generation. -- James Russell Lowell
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Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts. -- James Russell Lowell
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There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds. -- James Russell Lowell
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The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere. -- James Russell Lowell
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The true ideal is not opposed to the real but lies in it; and blessed are the eyes that find it. -- James Russell Lowell
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Metaphor is no argument, though it be sometimes the gunpowder to drive one home, and imbed it in the memory. -- James Russell Lowell
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He gives us the very quintessence of perception,-the clearly crystalized precipitation of all that is most precious in the ferment of impression after the impertinent and obtrusive particulars have evaporated from the memory. -- James Russell Lowell
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Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and 't is prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside, Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fanaticism, or, to call it by its milder name, enthusiasm, is only powerful and active so long as it is aggressive. Establish it firmly in power, and it becomes conservatism, whether it will or no. -- James Russell Lowell
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Old events have modern meanings; only that survives of past history which finds kindred in all hearts and lives. -- James Russell Lowell
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Fate loves the fearless. -- James Russell Lowell
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Time is, after all, the greatest of poets; and the sons of Memory stand a better chance of being the heirs of Fame. -- James Russell Lowell
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Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free. -- James Russell Lowell
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Life may be given in many ways, and loyalty to truth be sealed as bravely in the closet as the field. -- James Russell Lowell
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All thoughtful men are solitary and original in themselves. -- James Russell Lowell
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Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is. -- James Russell Lowell
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Truth always has a bewitching savor of newness in it, and novelty at the first taste recalls that original sweetness to the tongue; but alas for him who would make the one a substitute for the other. -- James Russell Lowell
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Worshippers of light ancestral make the present light a crime. -- James Russell Lowell
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Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle. -- James Russell Lowell
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Every person born into this world their work is born with them. -- James Russell Lowell
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Darkness is strong, and so is Sin, But surely God endures forever! -- James Russell Lowell
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He who keeps his faith only, cannot be discrowned. -- James Russell Lowell
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All free governments, whatever their name, are in reality governments by public opinion ; and it is on the quality of this public opinion that their prosperity depends. It is, therefore, their first duty to purify the element from which they draw the breath of life. -- James Russell Lowell
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In general those who nothing have to say Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it. -- James Russell Lowell
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The victory's in believing. -- James Russell Lowell
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The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers. -- James Russell Lowell
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Stern men with empires in their brains. -- James Russell Lowell
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The idol is the measure of the worshipper. -- James Russell Lowell
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In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science. -- James Russell Lowell
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Not suffering, but faint heart, is worst of woes. -- James Russell Lowell
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With every anguish of our earthly part The spirit's sight grows clearer. -- James Russell Lowell
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The ultimate result of protecting fools from their folly is to fill the planet full of fools. -- James Russell Lowell
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He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing. -- James Russell Lowell
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Love lives on, and hath a power to bless when they who loved are hidden in the grave. -- James Russell Lowell
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Analysis is carried into everything. Even Deity is subjected to chemical tests. -- James Russell Lowell
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Who is it needs such flawless shafts as fate? What archer of his arrows is so choice, or hits the white so surely? -- James Russell Lowell
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There is only one thing better than tradition and that is the original and eternal life out of which all tradition takes its rise. -- James Russell Lowell
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Beauty hath no true glass, except it be in the sweet privacy of loving eyes. -- James Russell Lowell
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The intellect has only one failing, which, to be sure, is a very considerable one. It has no conscience. -- James Russell Lowell
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Who speaks the truth stabs falsehood to the heart. -- James Russell Lowell
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If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book, I should answer that there is one book better than a cheap book,-and that is a book honestly come by. -- James Russell Lowell
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Ez fer war, I call it murder,- There you hev it plain an' flat; I don't want to go no furder Than my Testyment fer that ... An' you 've gut to git up airly Ef you want to take in God. -- James Russell Lowell
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In creating the only hard thing's to begin -- James Russell Lowell
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Most men make the voyage of life as if they carried sealed orders which they were not to open till they were fairly in mid-ocean. -- James Russell Lowell
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Pride and weakness are Siamese twins. -- James Russell Lowell
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In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak. -- James Russell Lowell
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Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. -- James Russell Lowell
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He chooses his language for its rich canorousness rather than for intensity of meaning. -- James Russell Lowell
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Our American republic will endure only as long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant. -- James Russell Lowell
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Keats longed for fame, but longed above all to deserve it. -- James Russell Lowell
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Endurance is the crowning quality ... -- James Russell Lowell
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There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one, Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on. -- James Russell Lowell
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He's true to God who's true to man. -- James Russell Lowell
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Earth's biggest country 's gut her soul, An' risen up earth's greatest nation. -- James Russell Lowell
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The surest plan to make a Man
Is, think him so. -- James Russell Lowell
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A great part of human suffering has its root in the nature of man, and not in that of his institutions. -- James Russell Lowell
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Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. -- James Russell Lowell
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To fail at all is to fail utterly. -- James Russell Lowell
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Ah, in this world, where every guiding thread Ends suddenly in the one sure centre, death, The visionary hand of Might-have-been Alone can fill Desire's cup to the brim! -- James Russell Lowell
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There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded. -- James Russell Lowell
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Communism means barbarism. -- James Russell Lowell
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Most long lives resemble those threads of gossamer, the nearest approach to nothing unmeaningly prolonged, scarce visible pathways of some worm from his cradle to his grave. -- James Russell Lowell
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Under the influence of a political framework like our own. We -- James Russell Lowell
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God is not dumb, that he should speak no more;
If thou hastrong>ststrong> wanderings in the wilderness
And find'strong>ststrong> not Sinai, 'tis thy soul is poor. -- James Russell Lowell