James Russell Lowell

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 that rivaled the popularity of British poets. 

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Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

Folks never understand the folks they hate.

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.

Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.

On one issue at least men and women agree, they both distrust women.

Children are God's Apostles sent forth, day by day, to preach of love and hope and peace.

True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist but what they mean, it is not memory but judgment.

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.

Light is the symbol of truth.

Not failure but low aim is crime.

Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.

Every person born into this world their work is born with them.

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.

The surest plan to make a man is think him so.

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.

An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise Which is seen through at once if love give a man eyes.

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