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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

(1819-1892), American Poet

Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.

Category: Achievement

Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.

Category: Action

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.

Category: Action

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.

Category: Affection

For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

Category: Age And Aging

I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding.

Category: Age And Aging

To be seventy years old is like climbing the Alps. You reach a snow-crowned summit, and see behind you the deep valley stretching miles and miles away, and before you other summits higher and whiter, which you may have strength to climb, or may not. Then you sit down and meditate and wonder which it will be.

Category: Age And Aging

Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.

Category: Age And Aging

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Category: Ambition

The secret anniversaries of the heart.

Category: Anniversaries

Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.

Category: Architecture

Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.

Category: Arts And Artists

Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.

Category: Arts And Artists

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Category: Beginning

Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings --as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.

Category: Books And Reading