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Tree at my window, window tree, My sash is lowered when night comes on; But let there never be curtain drawn Between you and me.
—  Robert Lee Frost
And nothing to look backward to with pride, And nothing to look forward to with hope.
—  Robert Lee Frost
For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn't know I knew. I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing ... is discovering.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The reason why worry kills more people than hard work is that more people worry than work.
—  Robert Lee Frost
All there is to writing is having ideas. To learn to write is to learn to have ideas.
—  Robert Lee Frost
That day she put our heads together, Fate had her imagination about her, Your head so much concerned with outer, Mine with inner, weather.
—  Robert Lee Frost
All those who try to go it sole alone Too proud to be beholden for relief, Are absolutely sure to come to grief.
—  Robert Lee Frost
It should be of the pleasure of a poem itself to tell how it can. The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same for love.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some part Of a day I had rued.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?
—  Robert Lee Frost
But yield who will to their separation, My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight. Only where love and need are one, And the work is play for mortal stakes, Is the deed ever really done For Heaven and the future's sakes.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Something we were withholding made us weak Until we found that it was ourselves.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, A wind comes off a frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
—  Robert Lee Frost
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
—  Robert Lee Frost
There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won't, and that's the wife who can't and will.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
—  Robert Lee Frost
I am assured at any rate Man's practically inexterminate. Someday I must go into that. There's always been an Ararat Where someone someone else begat To start the world all over at.
—  Robert Lee Frost
And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
—  Robert Lee Frost
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you might eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee And I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The land was ours before we were the land's. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people.
—  Robert Lee Frost
There are tones of voice that mean more than words.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived on air.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The Vermont mountains stretch extended straight; New Hampshire mountains curl up in a coil.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Here are your waters and your watering place. Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.
—  Robert Lee Frost
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
—  Robert Lee Frost
My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near.
—  Robert Lee Frost
It is only a moment here and a moment there that the greatest writer has.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall.
—  Robert Lee Frost
You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.
—  Robert Lee Frost
I shall set forth for somewhere, I shall make the reckless choice Some say when they are in voice And tossing so as to scare The white clouds over them on, I shall have less to say, But I shall be none.
—  Robert Lee Frost
She is as in a field a silken tent At midday when a sunny summer breeze Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent, So that in guys it gently sways at ease.
—  Robert Lee Frost
It looked as if a night of dark intent Was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage. There would be more than ocean-water broken Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The Hyla breed That shouted in the mist a month ago, Like ghost of sleighbells in a ghost of snow.
—  Robert Lee Frost
I was under twenty when I deliberately put it to myself one night after good conversation that there are moments when we actually touch in talk what the best writing can only come near. The curse of our book language is not so much that it keeps forever to the same set phrases ... but that it sounds forever with the same reading tones. We must go out into the vernacular for tones that haven't been brought to book.
—  Robert Lee Frost
We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Happiness Makes Up in Height for What It Lacks in Length.
—  Robert Lee Frost
In three words, I can sum up everything I know about life: it goes on.
—  Robert Lee Frost
I hold it the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true? Cling to it long enough and it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Style is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Any eye is an evil eye That looks in on to a mood apart.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
—  Robert Lee Frost
No memory of having starred Atones for later disregard, Or keeps the end from being hard Better to go down dignified With boughten friendship by your side Than none at all. Provide, provide!
—  Robert Lee Frost
It asks a little of us here. It asks of us a certain height, So when at times the mob is swayed To carry praise or blame too far, We may take something like a star To stay our minds on and be staid.
—  Robert Lee Frost
It takes all sorts of in and outdoor schooling To get adapted to my kind of fooling.
—  Robert Lee Frost
In three words I can sum up everything I've ever learned about life: It goes on.
—  Robert Lee Frost
If, as they say, some dust thrown in my eyes Will keep my talk from getting overwise, I'm not the one for putting off the proof. Let it be overwhelming.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Education is ... hanging around until you've caught on.
—  Robert Lee Frost
Ah, when to the heart of man Was it ever less than a treason To go with the drift of things, To yield with a grace to reason, And bow and accept the end Of a love or a season?
—  Robert Lee Frost
But strictly held by none, is loosely bound By countless silken ties of love and thought To everything on earth the compass round, And only by one's going slightly taut In the capriciousness of summer air Is of the slightest bondage made aware.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The old dog barks backward without getting up. I can remember when he was a pup.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
—  Robert Lee Frost
The nearest friends can go With anyone to death, comes so far short They might as well not try to go at all.
—  Robert Lee Frost

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