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JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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If he had sorrows, he has made them the woof of everlasting consolation to his kind; and if, as poets are wont to whine, the outward world was cold to him, its biting air did but trace itself in loveliest frostwork of fancy on the many windows of that self-centred and cheerful soul.
      - [Shakespeare]

If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book, I would answer that there is one book better than a cheap book, and that is a book honestly come by.
      - before the U.S. Senate Committee on Patents
        [Books]

If the devil take a less hateful shape to us than to our fathers, he is as busy with us as with them.
      - [Devil]

If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
      - [Youth]

Imagination, where it is truly creative, is a faculty, and not a quality; it looks before and after, it gives the form that makes all the parts work together harmoniously toward a given end, its seat is in the higher reason, and it is efficient only as a servant of the will. Imagination, as it is too often misunderstood, is mere fantasy, the image-making power, common to all who have the gift of dreams.
      - [Imagination]

In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science.
      - [Poetry]

In the gain or loss of one race all the rest have equal claim.
      - [Race]

In the parliament of the present every man represents a constituency of the past.
      - [Present]

In the scale of the destinies, brawn will never weigh so mach as brain.
      - [Intellect]

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
      - [Incredulity]

It is beginning to be doubtful whether Parliament and Congress sit in Westminster and Washington, or in the editorial rooms of the leading journals,--so thoroughly is everything debated before the authorized and responsible debaters get on their legs.
      - [Printing]

It is curious for one who studies the action and reaction of national literature on each other, to see the humor of Swift and Sterne and Fielding, after filtering through Richter, reappear in Carlyle with a tinge of Germanism that makes it novel, alien, or even displeasing, as the case may be, to the English mind.
      - [Style]

It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reasoning is.
      - [Reason]

It is not a great Xerxes army of words, but a compact Greek ten thousand that march safely down to posterity.
      - [Brevity]

It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of intelligence.
      - [Political Economy]

It is not without reason that fame is awarded only after death. The cloud-dust of notoriety which follows and envelops the men who drive with the wind bewilders contemporary judgment.
      - [Fame]

It is only by instigation of the wrongs of men that what we call the rights of men become turbulent and dangerous.
      - [Revolution]

It is only the intellect that can be thoroughly and hideously wicked. It can forget everything in the attainment of its ends. The heart recoils; in its retired some drops of childhood's dew still linger, defying manhood's fiery noon.
      - [Intellect]

It is right precious to behold
  The first long surf of climbing light
    Flood all the thirsty east with gold.
      - [Sunrise]

It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin.
      - [Praise]

It is the privilege of genius that to it life never grows commonplace as to the rest of us.
      - [Genius]

It is the vain endeavor to make ourselves what we are not that has strewn history with so many broken purposes and lives left in the rough.
      - [Ideality]

It may be conjectured that it is cheaper in the long run to lift men up than to hold them down, and that the ballot in their hands is less dangerous to society than a sense of wrong is in their heads.
      - [Votes]

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
      - [Joy]

Large charity doth never soil, but only whitens soft white hands.
      - [Charity]


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