James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 - August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside

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Folks never understand the folks they hate.
A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
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.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
But all God's angels come to us disguised...
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.
Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
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.
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.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
There is no good arguing with the inevitible. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
They are slaves who fear to speak,
For the fallen and the weak.
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, Their birthright high and holy A mountain-stream that ends in mud Methinks is melancholy.
This imputation of inconsistency is one to which every sound politician and every honest thinker must sooner or later subject himself. The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship,' we call it 'concern for commercial viability.'
Wealth may be an ancient thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty.
Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.

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