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Born in December 17, 1807 / Died in September 7, 1892 / United States / English

Quotes by John Greenleaf Whittier

When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.
One brave deed makes no hero.
Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast.
Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.
From the death of the old the new proceeds, and the life of truth from the death of creeds.
I'll lift you and you lift me, and we'll both ascend together.
The smile of God is victory.
For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.
Tradition wears a snowy beard, romance is always young.
For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are those 'It might have been.'
An ashen memory in its stead.
It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on-screen. I think of myself, and feel like I'm quite young, and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that.
Unknown to her the rigid rule, the dull restraint, the chiding frown, the weary torture of the school, the taming of wild nature down.
The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
No longer forward nor behindI look in hope or fear;But, grateful, take the good I find,The best of now and here.
It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.
All the windows of my heart I open to the day.
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.
Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew.
Before me, even as behind, God is, and all is well.
God's colors all are fast.
Somehow not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy that you give to othersIs the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing the poor and lonely and sad, the more of your heart's possessing returns to make you glad.
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
Yet sometimes glimpses on my sight, Through present wrong the eternal right; And, step by step, since time began, I see the steady gain of man...