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31 Famous Quotes by John Greenleaf Whittier
12/17/1807 - 9/7/1892
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The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon.

December Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Snow-Bound

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God gives quietness at last.

Quiet Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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And close at hand, the basket stood With nuts from brown October's wood.

October Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Snow-Bound

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Alas for him who never sees The stars shine through his cypress-trees Who, hopeless, lays his dead away, Nor looks to see the breaking day Across the mournful marbles play!

Despair Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Snow-Bound (l. 204)

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Again the blackbirds sings; the streams Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams, And tremble in the April showers The tassels of the maple flowers.

April Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: The Singer (st. 20)

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For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been!".

Regret Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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So let it be in God's own might We gird us for the coming fight, And, strong in Him whose cause is ours In conflict with unholy powers, We grasp the weapons he has given,-- The Light, and Truth, and Love of Heaven.

Strength Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Thor Moral Warfare

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The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Books Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Maud Muller looked and sighed: :Ah me! That I the Judge's bride might be! He would dress me up in silks so fine, And praise and toast me at his wine."

Vanity Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Maud Miller (l. 35)

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Cast not the clouded gem away, Quench not the dim but living ray,-- My brother man, Beware! With that deep voice which from the skies Forbade the Patriarch's sacrifice. God's angel, cries, Forbear!

Murder Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Human Sacrifice (pt. VII)

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Thine to work as well as pray, Clearing thorny wrongs away; Plucking up the weeds of sin, Letting heaven's warm sunshine in.

Work Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: The Curse of the Charter-Breakers

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Press bravely onward!--not in vain Your generous trust in human kind; The good which bloodshed could not gain Your peaceful zeal shall find.

Zeal Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: To the Reformers of England

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We search the world for truth; we cull The good, the pure, the beautiful, From all old flower fields of the soul; And, weary seeker of the best, We come back laden from out quest, To find that all the sages said Is in the Book our mothers read.

Scripture Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Miriam

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And let these altars, wreathed with flowers And piled with fruits, awake again Thanksgivings for the golden hours, The early and the latter rain!

Thanksgiving day Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: For an Autumn Festival

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Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West, From North and South, come the pilgrim and guest, When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board The old broken links of affection restored, When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before. What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye? What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?

Thanksgiving day Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: The Pumpkin

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Simply duty hath no place for fear.

Duty Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Tent on the Beach--Abraham Davenport (last line)

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Blow, bugles of battle, the marches of peace; East, west, north, and south let the long quarrel cease; Sing the song of great joy that the angels began, Sing the glory to God and of good-will to man!

Christmas Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: Christmas Carmen (st. 3)

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With silence only as their benediction, God's angels come Where in the shadow of a great affliction, The soul sits dumb!

Affliction Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: To my Friend on the Death of his Sister

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Green calm below, blue quietness above.

Sky Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier , Source: The Pennsylvania Pilgrim (st. 113)

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Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope.

Business Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.

Business Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these... it might have been.

Regret Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; Let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; Who sows a field, or trains a flower, Or plants a tree, is more than all.

Knave Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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They tell me, Lucy, thou art dead, That all of thee we loved and cherished Has with thy summer roses perished; And left, as its young beauty fled, An ashen memory in its stead.

Bereavement Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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Feast of Cyril & Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 & 885 Commemoration of Valentine, Martyr at Rome, c.269 I see the wrong that round me lies, I feel the guilt within; I hear, with groan and travail-cries, The world confess its sin. Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings I know that God is good!

Christianity Quotes, by John Greenleaf Whittier

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