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  1. Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.


  2. It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.

    • love

  3. We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.


  4. It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.


  5. The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.


  6. All things come round to him who will but wait.


  7. Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary.

    • difficulty

  8. The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do.


  9. Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.


  10. 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.


  11. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow is our destined way, but to act that each tomorrow may find us further than today.

    • future

  12. Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.


  13. Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.


  14. It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.


  15. All things must change to something new, to something strange.


  16. 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.


  17. In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.


  18. You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.


  19. Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.


  20. The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.


  21. The world loves a spice of wickedness.


  22. Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny.


  23. The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.


  24. Love gives itself; it is not bought.

    • love

  25. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.


  26. He speaketh not; and yet there liesA conversation in his eyes.


  27. Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall.

    • difficulty

  28. In ourselves are triumph and defeat.


  29. A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.


  30. Some men must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay.



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    Music is the universal language of mankind.


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About Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Name Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
About Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the firs
Quotes 147 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday February 27, 1807
Top topics love, life, heart, difficulty, failure

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What are the best love quotes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?


  1. Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.

    • love

  2. It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.

    • love

  3. Love gives itself; it is not bought.

    • love

  4. It is a beautiful trait in the lovers character, that they think no evil of the object loved.

    • love

  5. Ah, how skilful grows the hand That obeyeth Love's command! It is the heart, and not the brain, That to the highest does attain, And he who followeth Love's behest Far excelleth all the rest!

    • love

  6. Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.


  7. The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books


  8. 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.

    • love

  9. The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal.

    • love

  10. There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.


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  1. Life is real! Life is earnest! And death is not its goal. Dust thou art, to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul.

    • life

  2. Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.

    • life

  3. Into each life some rain must fall.


  4. The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

    • life

  5. 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.

    • life

  6. There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.

    • life

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  1. 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.

    • future

  2. A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard wordsbruise the heart of a child.


  3. For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

    • art

  4. A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

    • bruise

  5. 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.

    • life

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  1. The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

    • difficulty

  2. Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary.

    • difficulty

  3. Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall.

    • difficulty

  4. 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.

    • difficulty

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  1. The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do.

    • success

  2. However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.


  3. Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.

    • failure

  4. Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.

    • success

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However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.

  • failure

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard wordsbruise the heart of a child.

  • bruise

There is not grief that does not speak.


Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.


It is a beautiful trait in the lovers character, that they think no evil of the object loved.

  • love

Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.


The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.


The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.


Trust no future, however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act -- act in the living Present! Heart within and God overhead.


To be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just retribution.


The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.


No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead.


If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.


Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion.


The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.


Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.


Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.


Well has it been said that there is no grief like the grief which does not speak.

  • grief

That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.


Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but, while their companions slept, they were toiling upward in the night.


Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.


Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery!


One half the world must sweat and groan that the other half may dream.

  • dreams

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.


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.

  • difficulty

I stay a little longer, as one stays, to cover up the embers that still burn.


Life is real! Life is earnest! And death is not its goal. Dust thou art, to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul.

  • life

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.


When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.

  • death

Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.

  • art

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.


Youth comes but once in a lifetime.


Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.


And the night shall be filled with music, and the cares, that infest the day, shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, and as silently steal away.


He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.


Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime. And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.

  • fame

Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.


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!

  • youth

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.

  • age

Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds in last year's nest!

  • youth

A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.


Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.

  • criticism

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.


The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal.

  • love

Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.

  • age

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.


The nearer the dawn the darker the night.


The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature --were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.

  • nature

The human voice is the organ of the soul.


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.


As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.


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.

  • life

Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.


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.

  • genius

Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.

  • life

The heights by great men reached and kept Were not obtained by sudden flight,But they, while their companions slept,Were toiling upward in the night


Pride and humiliation hand in hand Walked with them through the world where'er they went; Trampled and beaten were they as the sand, And yet unshaken as the continent.


Then read from the treasured volume the poem of thy choice, and lend to the rhyme of the poet the beauty of thy voice.

  • conversation

O, how wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul! The intellect of man sits enthroned visibly upon his forehead and in his eye; and the heart of man is written upon his countenance. But the soul reveals itself in the voice only; as God revealed himself to the prophet of old in the still, small voice; and in a voice from the burning bush. The soul of man is audible, not visible. A sound alone betrays the flowing of the eternal fountain, invisible to man!


Into each life some rain must fall.

  • fall

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.


There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.

  • life

Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.

  • success

Were a star quenched on high,For ages would its light,Still travelling downward from the sky,Shine on our mortal sight. So when a great man dies,For years beyond our ken,The light he leaves behind him liesUpon the paths of men.


Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.


The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books

  • education

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.

  • cloak

There was a little girl Who had a little curl Right in the middle of her forehead; And when she was good, She was very, very good But when she was bad she was horrid.

  • children

Ah, how skilful grows the hand That obeyeth Love's command! It is the heart, and not the brain, That to the highest does attain, And he who followeth Love's behest Far excelleth all the rest!

  • love

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.

  • reading

Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.


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.

  • patience

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.


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.


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.

  • love

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.


Music is the universal language of mankind.


Age is opportunity no less,than youth itself, though in another dress.And as the evening twilight fades away,The sky is filled by the stars invisible by the day.

  • age

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!


I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

  • friends

I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.


A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

  • bruise

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.


I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.


Perseverance 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.


Write on your doors the saying wise and old. Be bold! and everywhere -- Be bold; Be not too bold! Yet better the excess Than the defect; better the more than less sustaineth him and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out.


A feeling of sadness and longing that is not akin to pain, and resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles the rain.


Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.

  • failure

Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizonLike a magician extended his golden wand o'er the landscape;Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forestSeemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.


If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.


The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds.

  • learning

To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not. Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be.

  • age

For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

  • art

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

  • grief

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.


You shall hear how Hiawatha prayed and fasted in the forest,Not for greater skill in hunting,Not for greater craft in fishing,Not for triumphs in the battle,And renown among the warriors,But for profit of the people,For advantage of the nations.


Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.

  • actions

The holiest of all holidays are those Kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart.


Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.


Resolve and thou art free.

  • art

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.


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!


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.

  • criticism

The shades of night were falling fast,As though an Alpine village passedA youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,A banner with the strange device,Excelsior!His brow was sad; his eye beneath,Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,And like a silver clarion rungThe accents of that unknown tongue,Excelsior!


Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels


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.


The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.

  • life

Evil is only good perverted.

  • evil

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.


The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.

  • nature

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.

  • progress

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.

  • death

People demand freedom only when they have no power.


Something attempted, something done, Has earned a nights repose.


They who go Feel not the pain of parting; it is they Who stay behind that suffer.


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.

  • age

Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.


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