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JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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Through suffering and sorrow thou hast passed, to show us what a woman true can be.
      - [Endurance]

Time is, after all, the greatest of poets; and the sons of Memory stand a better chance of being the heirs of Fame.
      - [Time]

'Tis heaven alone that is given away,
  'Tis only God may be had for the asking.
      - [God]

To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life.
      - [Youth]

To educate the intelligence is to enlarge the horizon of its desires and wants.
      - [Intelligence]

To fail at all is to fail utterly.
      - [Failure]

To have greatly dreamed precludes low ends.
      - [Ideality]

Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.
      - [Intolerance]

Truth always has a bewitching savor of newness in it, and novelty at the first taste recalls that original sweetness to the tongue; but alas for him who would make the one a substitute for the other.
      - [Truth]

Truth is quite beyond the reach of satire. There is so brave a simplicity in her that she can no more be made ridiculous than an oak or a pine.
      - [Satire]

Truth only needs to be for once spoken out; and there's such music in her, such strange rhythm, as makes men's memories her joyous slaves.
      - [Truth]

Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all are agreed. She is said to lie at the bottom of a well, for the very reason, perhaps, that whoever looks down in search of her sees his own image at the bottom, and is persuaded not only that he has seen the goddess, but that she is far better-looking than he had imagined.
      - [Truth]

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave.
      - [Virtue]

We cannot but think there is something like a fallacy in Mr. Buckle's theory that the advance of mankind is necessarily in the direction of science, and not in that of morals.
      - [Science]

We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.
      - [Death]

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, it means leisure, it means liberty.
      - [Wealth]

What a man pays for bread and butter is worth its market value, and no more. What he pays for love's sake is gold indeed, which has a lure for angels' eyes, and rings well upon God's touchstone.
      - [Love]

What made our revolution a foregone conclusion was the act of the general court, passed in May, 1647, which established the system of common schools.
      - [Schools]

What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
      - [Status]

While tenderness of feeling and susceptibility to generous emotions are accidents of temperament, goodness is an achievement of the will and a quality of the life.
      - [Goodness]

Who is it needs such flawless shafts as fate? What archer of his arrows is so choice, or hits the white so surely?
      - [Fate]

Whom the heart of man shuts out,
  Sometimes the heart of God takes in,
    And fences them all round about
      With silence 'mid the world's loud din.
      - [Sympathy]

With every anguish of our earthly part the spirit's sight grows clearer; this was meant when Jesus touched the blind man's lids with clay.
      - [Affliction]

With every step of the recent traveler our inheritance of the wonderful is diminished. Those beautiful pictured notes of the possible are redeemed at a ruinous discount in the hard coin of the actual.
      - [Travel]

Year by year, more and more of the world gets disenchanted. Even the icy privacy of the arctic and antarctic circles is invaded. We have played Jack Horner with our earth, till there is never a plum left in it.
      - [Disenchantment]


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