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

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