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Born in February 27, 1807 / Died in March 24, 1882 / United States / English

Quotes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

People demand freedom only when they have no power.
Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.
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.
When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.
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.
Trust no future, however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act - act in the living Present! Heart within and God overhead.
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!
It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
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.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.
Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.
A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
Love gives itself; it is not bought.
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.
Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.
Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
The secret anniversaries of the heart.
Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
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.