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Born in February 22, 1819 / Died in August 12, 1891 / United States / English

Quotes by James Russell Lowell

If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
He gives us the very quintessence of perception,
Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
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 marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland.
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.
They are both valiant young men who served enthusiastically. They're bold missionaries, diligent, just trying their best to serve to the best of their ability. It's just so unfortunate that something like this could happen.
It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves.
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.
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.
Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.
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.
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.
Want gave tongue, and at her howl, Sin awakened with a growl.
Endurance is the crowning quality...
They are slaves who fear to speak, For the fallen and the weak.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
Light is the symbol of truth.
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.