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James Russell Lowell Quotes

(1819-1891), American Poet, Critic, Editor

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

Category: Adversity

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.

Category: Age And Aging

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.

Category: Ambition

They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.

Category: Ancestry

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.

Category: Anxiety

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

Category: Argument

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

Category: Books And Reading

What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Character

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.

Category: Character

The question of common sense is ''what is it good for?'' A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.

Category: Common Sense

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.

Category: Compromise

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

Category: Crime And Criminals

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.

Category: Critics And Criticism

A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.

Category: Critics And Criticism