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


  2. The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.


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


  4. A sneer is the weapon of the weak.




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


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


  7. Not failure, but low aim, is crime.


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


  9. The eye is the notebook of the poet.


  10. He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.


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


  12. The brain can be easy to buy, but the heart never comes to market.


  13. As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.


  14. It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves.


  15. Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.


  16. Folks never understand the folks they hate.


  17. Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.


  18. 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.


  19. The true ideal is not opposed to the real but lies in it; and blessed are the eyes that find it.


  20. Light is the symbol of truth.


  21. True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.

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  22. Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.


  23. Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.


  24. Freedom is the only law which genius knows.


  25. 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.


  26. The surest plan to make a man is, think him so.


  27. The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.


  28. Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.


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


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



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What are the best truth quotes by James Russell Lowell?


    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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    Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.

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    The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.


    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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    Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.


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    They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.


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


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


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

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    A sneer is the weapon of the weak.

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    A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.

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    He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.

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    True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.

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Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.


To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.


Sorrow is the great idealizer.


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




I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.


Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.


A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.

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The idol is the measure of the worshipper.


The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.


What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.


Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.

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


The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.


A reading machine, always wound up and going, he mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.


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


The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.

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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.

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Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.

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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.


Endurance is the crowning quality...


An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.


What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.

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He gives us the very quintessence of perception,


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


Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.


Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.


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.

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Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.


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.


Careless seems the great Avenger; history


Be NOBLE! and the nobleness that liesIn other men, sleeping, but never dead,Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.


Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.


They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.

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Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.


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.

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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.

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The question of common sense is what is it good for? A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.


I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.


It is marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland.

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It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.


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

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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.


If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.


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.


It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.


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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Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.


Fate loves the fearless.


In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.


It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.


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 the whole year long I seeAll the wonders of faithful NatureStill worked for the love of me;Winds wander, and dews drip earthward,Rain falls, suns rise and set,Earth whirls, and all but to prosperA poor little violet.


They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.


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.


Every person born into this world their work is born with them.


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

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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.


It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.


THE SNOW had begun in the gloaming,And busily all the nightHad been heaping field and highwayWith a silence deep and white.Every pine and fir and hemlockWore ermine too dear for an earl,And the poorest twig on the elm-treeWas ridged inch deep with pearl.


Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.


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