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

— James Russell Lowell

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

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Fate loves the fearless.

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All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

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What visionary tints the year puts on, When falling leaves falter through motionless air Or numbly cling and shiver to be gone! How shimmer the low flats and pastures bare, As with her nectar Hebe Autumn fills The bowl between me and those distant hills, And smiles and shakes abroad her misty, tremulous hair!

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Light is the symbol of truth.

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A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.

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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.

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The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.

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Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.

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Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare.

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It is right precious to behold The first long surf of climbing light Flood all the thirsty east with gold.

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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.

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About James Russell Lowell

Quotes 448 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday February 22, 1819

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

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

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Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.

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Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.

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For men in earnest have no time to waste In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.

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Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide.

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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.

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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.

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The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.

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Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.

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AND what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days;

Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays; Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.

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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.

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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.

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Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

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New occasions teach new duties.

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No man is born into the world whose work Is not born with him.

There is always work, And tools to work withal, for those who will; And blessed are the horny hands of toil.

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The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.

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Time makes ancient good uncouth.

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The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change.

.. [Truth's] mirror is turned forward, to reflect The promise of the future, not the past.

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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.

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Metaphor is no argument, though it be sometimes the gunpowder to drive one home, and imbed it in the memory.

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In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.

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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.

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And blessed are the horny hands of toil.

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The greater your real strength and power, the quieter it will be exercised.

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A sneer is the weapon of the weak.

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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.

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The green grass floweth like a stream Into the oceans's blue.

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Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.

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Who speaks the truth stabs falsehood to the heart.

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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.

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If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it's the light of the oncoming train.

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There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.

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There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.

The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

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Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

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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.

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There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.

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