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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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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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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
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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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Moral supremacy is the only one that leaves monuments, and not ruins, behind it. 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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Taste is the next gift to genius. 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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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 not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence. James Russell Lowell
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The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. 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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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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New conditions of life will stimulate thought and give new forms to its expression. 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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty. 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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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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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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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 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
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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. James Russell Lowell
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You've gut to git up airly Ef you want to take in God. 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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The one thet fust gits mad 's 'most ollers wrong. James Russell Lowell
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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
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It is good To lengthen to the last a sunny mood. 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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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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Time makes ancient good uncouth. James Russell Lowell
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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
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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
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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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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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Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free. 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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The gift without the giver is rare. 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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Earth's noblest thing,-a woman perfected. 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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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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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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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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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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In the scale of the destinies, brawn will never weigh so mach as brain. 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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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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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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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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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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To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life. 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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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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Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. 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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Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave. James Russell Lowell
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The eye is the notebook of the poet. 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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Wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. James Russell Lowell
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Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes. James Russell Lowell
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Endurance is the crowning quality... 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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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
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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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