James Russell Lowell Quotes

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.

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Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

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We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.

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He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.

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Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

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Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.

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All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

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

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There is no good arguing with the inevitible. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

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A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity.

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Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.

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Folks never understand the folks they hate.

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They are slaves who fear to speak,
For the fallen and the weak.

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