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BAYARD TAYLOR
American poet, traveler, novelist and translator
(1825 - 1878)
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Departed suns their trails of splendor drew
  Across departed summers: whispers came
    From voices, long ago resolved again
      Into the primeval Silence, and we twain,
        Ghosts of our present selves, yet still the same,
          As in a spectral mirror wandered there.
      - [Remembrance]

Eccentricity is developed monomania.
      - [Eccentricity]

He teaches best,
  Who feels the hearts of all men in his breast,
    And knows their strength or weakness through his own.
      - [Experience]

Labor, you know, is prayer.
      - [Prayer]

Life lives only in success.
      - [Success]

Love's humility is love's true pride.
      - [Humility]

Mock jewelry on a woman is tangible vulgarity.
      - [Taste]

Next to ye both I love the palm, with his leaves of beauty, his fruit of balm.
      - [Trees]

Not many but good books.
      - [Books]

Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.
      - [Opportunity]

Pens carry further than rifled cannon.
      - [Pen]

Sweeter than the stolen kiss
  Are the granted kisses.
      - [Kisses]

Swelling in anger or sparkling in glee.
      - [Ocean]

The clouds are scudding across the moon,
  A misty light is on the sea;
    The wind in the shrouds has a wintry tune,
      And the foam is flying free.
      - [Storms]

The glories of the possible are ours.
      - [Future]

The knowledge of my sin
  Is half-repentance.
      - [Sin]

The maxims tell you to aim at perfection, which is well; but it's unattainable, all the same.
      - [Perfection]

The most annoying of all blockheads is a well-read fool.
      - [Pedantry]

The source of each accordant strain
  Lies deeper than the Poet's brain.
    First from the people's heart must spring
      The passions which he learns to sing;
        They are the wind, the harp is he,
          To voice their fitful melody,--
            The language of their varying fate,
              Their pride, grief, love, ambition, hate,--
                The talisman which holds inwrought
                  The touchstone of the listener's thought;
                    That penetrates each vain disguise,
                      And brings his secret to his eyes.
      - [Poets]

The stream from Wisdom's well,
  Which God supplies, is inexhaustible.
      - [Wisdom]

Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.
      - [Perseverance]

To learn by observation is traveling, people must also bring knowledge with them.
      - [Observation]

To Truth's house there is a single door, which is experience.
      - [Experience]

Women are not apt to be won by the charms of verse.
      - [Wooing]

Yonder fly his scattered golden arrows,
  And smite the hills with day.
      - [Sunrise]


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