Quotations by James Russell Lowell

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Born: Monday, February 22, 1819
Died: Wednesday, August 12, 1891 (72 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: American


A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Man)

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise, Which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Love, Disguise, Eyes, Man)

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Action, World)

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: People, Reason)

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Day, June)

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.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Life, Change, Friend, Faces, Road)

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Nothing)

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Bees, Books, Mind)

Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Peace, Love, God, Hope, Children, Day)

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Politics, Compromise, Party, Poor, Statesmanship)

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Creativity)

Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Death, Truth, Dawn, Light, Night, Waking)

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Democracy, Man, Right)

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Government, Democracy, Man, Right)

Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Day, World)

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Quality, Endurance, Passion, Patience)

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Action, Man, World)

Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Work, World)

Fate loves the fearless.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Fate)

Folks never understand the folks they hate.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Hate)

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Fortune)

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Genius, Freedom, Law)

Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Character, Duty, Luck)

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Time, Failure, Crime)

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Progress, Authority, Security)

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Democracy, Manners, Mind, Weapons)

If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Youth)

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Oak)

In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Ocean)

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Incredulity, Nothing)

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Man, Mind)

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Life, Genius, Privilege, Rest)

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Grief, Joy)

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
- James Russell Lowell

Light is the symbol of truth.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Truth, Light, Symbol)

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
- James Russell Lowell

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Man)

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Failure, Crime)

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Men, Women, Distrust)

Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Truth, Conflict, Evil, Falsehood, Nation)

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Experience, Wilderness, Worth)

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Beauty, Poetry, God, Truth, Men)

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Light, Merit, Reputation, World)

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Character, Being, Sincerity)

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Imagination, Society, Character, Solitude)

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.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: God, Day)

The eye is the notebook of the poet.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Eye)

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Change, Opinions)

The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Truth)

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Heart, Sorrow)



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