James Russell Lowell Quotes & Wallpapers

James Russell Lowell
Total Quotes: 671

Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction. James Russell Lowell

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

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

The story of any one man's real experience finds its startling parallel in that of every one of us. James Russell Lowell

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 hand of toil! James Russell Lowell

It takes a mind like Dannel's, fact, ez big ez all ou'doors To find out thet it looks like rain arter it fairly pours. James Russell Lowell

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

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

Rippling through thy branches foes the sunshine, Among thy leaves that palpitate forever, And in thee, a pining nymph had prisoned The soul, once of some tremulous inland river, Quivering to tell her woe, but ah! dumb, dumb forever. James Russell Lowell

Among the lessons taught by the French revolution, there is none sadder or more striking than this - that you may make everything else out of the passions of men except a political system that will work, and that there is nothing so pitilessly and unconsciously cruel as sincerity formulated into dogma. James Russell Lowell

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty. James Russell Lowell

Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us; The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in, The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us, We bargain for the graves we lie in; Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold... 'T is heaven alone that is given away, 'T is only God may be had for the asking; There is no price set on the lavish summer, And June may be had by the poorest comer. James Russell Lowell

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

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. James Russell Lowell

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

Moral supremacy is the only one that leaves monuments, and not ruins, behind it. James Russell Lowell

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

Taste is the next gift to genius. James Russell Lowell

Time makes ancient good uncouth. James Russell Lowell

The flowers or weeds that spring up tomorrow are in the seeds we sow today. The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. James Russell Lowell

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

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

The Holy Supper is kept, indeed, In whatso we share with another's need,- Not that which we give, but what we share,- For the gift without the giver is bare; Who bestows himself with his alms feeds three,- Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me. James Russell Lowell

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. James Russell Lowell

You've gut to git up airly Ef you want to take in God. James Russell Lowell

Like streams that keep a summer mind Snow-hid in Jenooary. James Russell Lowell

The one thet fust gits mad 's 'most ollers wrong. James Russell Lowell

Under the yaller pines I house, When sunshine makes 'em all sweet-scented, An' hear among their furry boughs The baskin' west-wind purr contented. James Russell Lowell

He gives only the worthless gold Who gives from a sense of duty. James Russell Lowell

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

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

New conditions of life will stimulate thought and give new forms to its expression. James Russell Lowell

Fate loves best such syllables as are sweet and sonorous on the tongue. James Russell Lowell

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. James Russell Lowell

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

It is good To lengthen to the last a sunny mood. James Russell Lowell

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

Violet! sweet violet! Thine eyes are full of tears; Are they wet Even yet With the thought of other years? James Russell Lowell

Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace. James Russell Lowell

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

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

Wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. James Russell Lowell

Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes. James Russell Lowell

Endurance is the crowning quality... James Russell Lowell

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

'T is heaven alone that is given away; 'T is only God may be had for the asking. James Russell Lowell

Nature fits all her children with something to do, he who would write and can't write, can surely review. James Russell Lowell

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

No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. There is always work, and tools to work with, for those who will, and blessed are the horny hands of toil. The busy world shoves angrily aside the man who stands with arms akimbo until occasion tells him what to do; and he who waits to have his task marked out shall die and leave his errand unfulfilled. James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

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

As one lamp lights another, nor grows less, So nobleness enkindleth nobleness. James Russell Lowell

Sence I've ben here, I've hired a chap to look about for me, To git me a transplantable an' thrifty fem'ly-tree. James Russell Lowell

For, of all compositions, he thought the sonnet Best repaid all the toil you expended on it. James Russell Lowell

Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession, many. James Russell Lowell

Tain't a knowin' kind of cattle Thet is ketched with mouldy corn. James Russell Lowell

Who gives himself with his alms feeds three, Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me. James Russell Lowell

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

Nature fits all her children with something to do, He who would write and can't write, can surely review; Can set up a small booth as critic and sell us his Petty conceit and his pettier jealousies. James Russell Lowell

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

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

The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change; Then let it come: I have no dread of what Is called for by the instinct of mankind. Nor think I that God's world would fall apart Because we tear a parchment more or less. Truth is eternal, but her effluence, With endless change, is fitted to the hour; Her mirror is turned forward, to reflect The promise of the future, not the past. I do not fear to follow out the truth... James Russell Lowell

The gift without the giver is rare. James Russell Lowell

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

Earth's noblest thing,-a woman perfected. James Russell Lowell

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

Great truths are portions of the soul of man; Great souls are portions of eternity. James Russell Lowell

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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