Famous Quotes By James Russell Lowell


  1. A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
  2. As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.
  3. Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace.
  4. Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
  5. Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.
  6. Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
  7. Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
  8. Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.
  9. Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
  10. Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
  11. Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.
  12. Light is the symbol of truth.
  13. Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
  14. On one issue at least, men and women agree they both distrust women.
  15. Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.
  16. One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
  17. Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.
  18. Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
  19. Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.
  20. The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
  21. The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.
  22. The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
  23. 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.
  24. To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.
  25. Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.
  26. Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
  27. Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.

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