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117 Famous Quotes by James Russell Lowell
2/22/1819 - 8/12/1891
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My gran'ther's rule was safer 'n 't is to crow: Don't never prophesy--onless ye know.

Prophecy (prophesy) Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: The Biglow Papers (no. 2, Mason and Slidell)

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It takes a mind like Dannel's, fact, ez big ez all ou'doors To find out thet it looks like rain arter it fairly pours.

Prophecy (prophesy) Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: The Biglow Papers (no. 9, l. 97)

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For there's nothing we read of in torture's inventions, Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions.

Motive Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: A Fable for Critics (l. 250)

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

Experience Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Among My Books--Shakespeare Once More

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Her new bark is worse than ten times her old bite.

Faults Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: A Fable for Critics (l. 28)

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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.

Faith Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: My Study Windows--Abraham Lincoln

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Winds wanders, and dews drip earthward; Rains fall, suns rise and set; Earth whirls, and all but to prosper A poor little violet.

Violets Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: The Changeling

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O chime of sweet Saint Charity, Peal soon that Easter morn When Christ for all shall risen be, And in all hearts new-born! That Pentecost when utterance clear To all men shall be given, When all shall say My Brother here, And hear My Son in heaven!

Easter Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Godminster Chimes (st. 7)

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Of my merit On that pint you yourself may jedge: All is, I never drink no sperit, Nor I haint never signed no pledge.

Temperance Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: The Biglow Papers (first series, no. VII, st. 9)

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He seemed a cherub who had lost his way And wandered hither, so his stay With us was short, and 'twas most meet, That he should be no delver in earth's clod, Nor need to pause and cleanse his feet To stand before his God: O blest word--Evermore!

Babyhood Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Threnodia

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He who esteems the Virginia reel A bait to draw saints from their spiritual weal, And regards the quadrille as a far greater knavery Than crushing His African children with slavery, Since all who take part in a waltz or cotillon Are mounted for hell on the devil's own pillion, Who, as every true orthodox Christian well knows, Approaches the heart through the door of the toes.

Dancing Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Fable for Critics (l. 492)

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A woman's love Is mighty, but a mother's heart is weak, And by its weakness overcomes.

Motherhood Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Legend of Brittany (pt. II, st. 43)

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In life's small things be resolute and great To keep thy muscle trained: knowst thou when Fate Thy measure takes, or when she'll say to thee, "I find thee worthy; do this deed for me?"

Resolution Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Epigram

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And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays.

June Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: The Vision of Sir Launfal

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No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.

June Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: The Vision of Sir Launfal (pt. I, prelude)

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Our seasons have no fixed returns, Without our will they come and go; At noon our sudden summer burns, Ere sunset all is snow.

Seasons Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: To -----

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When I could not sleep for cold I had fire enough in my brain, And builded with roofs of gold My beautiful castles in Spain!

Imagination Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Aladdin (st. 1)

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

Misfortune Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Democracy and Addresses--Democracy

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O wild and wondrous midnight, There is a might in thee To make the charmed body Almost like spirit be, And give it some faint glimpses Of immortality.

Midnight Quotes, by James Russell Lowell , Source: Midnight

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Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

Sentiment Quotes, by James Russell Lowell

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Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.

Fortune Quotes, by James Russell Lowell

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Light is the symbol of truth.

Light Quotes, by James Russell Lowell

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Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.

Inspirational Quotes, by James Russell Lowell

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

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by James Russell Lowell

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Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Democracy Quotes, by James Russell Lowell

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