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Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
—  James Russell Lowell
The soil out of which such men as he are made is good to be born on, good to live on, good to die for and to be buried in.
—  James Russell Lowell
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
—  James Russell Lowell
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
—  James Russell Lowell
Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
—  James Russell Lowell
Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
—  James Russell Lowell
Moliere Not a deed would he do, Not a word would he utter, Till he's weighed its relation To plain bread and butter.
—  James Russell Lowell
No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.
—  James Russell Lowell
Before Man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
—  James Russell Lowell
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
—  James Russell Lowell
Behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
—  James Russell Lowell
Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave
—  James Russell Lowell
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is a temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
—  James Russell Lowell
It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.
—  James Russell Lowell
I love her with a love as still As a broad river's peaceful might, Which by high tower and lowly mill, Goes wandering at its own will, And yet does ever flow aright.
—  James Russell Lowell
A poet must needs be before his own age, to be even with posterity.
—  James Russell Lowell
Be noble, and the nobleness that lies in other men, sleeping but never dead, will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
—  James Russell Lowell
There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded.
—  James Russell Lowell
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
—  James Russell Lowell
Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.
—  James Russell Lowell
Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction.
—  James Russell Lowell
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
—  James Russell Lowell
What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticised for us!
—  James Russell Lowell
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
—  James Russell Lowell
If God made poets for anything, it was to keep alive the traditions of the pure, the holy, and the beautiful.
—  James Russell Lowell
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.
—  James Russell Lowell
Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
—  James Russell Lowell
Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
—  James Russell Lowell
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.
—  James Russell Lowell
There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
—  James Russell Lowell
... It was in masking education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.
—  James Russell Lowell
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
—  James Russell Lowell
In all literary history there is no such figure as Dante, no such homogeneousness of life and works, such loyalty to ideas, such sublime irrecognition of the unessential.
—  James Russell Lowell
Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a 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
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve as or cut us, as we grip them by the blade or by the handle.
—  James Russell Lowell

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