Famous Quotes By Robert Frost


  1. A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
  2. A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
  3. A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.
  4. A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
  5. A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
  6. A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.
  7. A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
  8. 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.
  9. Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.
  10. By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
  11. Education doesn't change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard.
  12. Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
  13. Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
  14. Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me.
  15. Freedom lies in being bold.
  16. Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
  17. Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
  18. Humor is the most engaging cowardice.
  19. I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
  20. I always entertain great hopes.
  21. I go to school the youth to learn the future.
  22. I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.
  23. I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
  24. I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
  25. If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.
  26. If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does Russia.
  27. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
  28. It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
  29. Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
  30. Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
  31. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
  32. Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
  33. Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
  34. Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
  35. Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
  36. Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
  37. The artist in me cries out for design.
  38. The best things and best people rise out of their separateness I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
  39. The best way out is always through.
  40. 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.
  41. The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.
  42. The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
  43. The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.
  44. The only certain freedom's in departure.
  45. The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
  46. The world is full of willing people some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
  47. The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism it's egotism.
  48. There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.
  49. There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
  50. To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
  51. To be social is to be forgiving.
  52. Two such as you with such a master speed, cannot be parted nor be swept away, from one another once you are agreed, that life is only life forevermore, together wing to wing and oar to oar.
  53. You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
  54. You have freedom when you're easy in your harness.

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