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American poet and scholar
(1807 - 1882)
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The language spoken by angels.
      - [Music]

The laws of nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the laws of man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the laws of nature,--were man as unerring in his judgments as nature.
      - [Nature]

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.
      - [Charity]

The little I have seen of the world teaches me to look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger. When I take the history of one poor heart that has sinned and suffered, and represent to myself the struggles and temptations it has passed through, the brief pulsations of joy, the feverish inquietude of hope and fear, the pressure of want, the desertion of friends, I would fain leave the erring soul of my fellow-man with Him from whose hand it came.
      - [Clemency]

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.
      - [Books]

The low desire, the base design
  That makes another's virtues less.
      - [Detraction]

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
      - [Misfortune]

The mighty hopes that make us men.
      - [Hope]

The mighty pyramids of stone
  That wedge-like cleave the desert airs,
    When nearer seen, and better known,
      Are but gigantic flights of stairs.
      - [Proverbs]

The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds.
      - [Scholars]

The motives and purposes of authors are not always so pure and high, as, in the enthusiasm of youth, we sometimes imagine. To many the trumpet of fame is nothing but a tin horn to call them home, like laborers from, the field, at dinner-time, and they think themselves lucky to get the dinner.
      - [Authorship]

The nimble lie
  Is like the second-hand upon a clock;
    We see it fly; while the hour-hand of truth
      Seems to stand still, and yet it moves unseen,
        And wins, at last, for the clock will not strike
          Till it has reached the goal.
      - [Truth]

The passing years had drunk a portion of the light from her eyes, and left their traces on her cheeks, as birds that drink at lakes leave their footprints on the margin. But the pleasant smile reminded him of the bygone days.
      - [Smiles]

The poor too often turn away unheard,
  From hearts that shut against them with a sound
    That will be heard in heaven.
      - [Heart]

The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.
      - [Gain]

The rising moon has hid the stars,
  Her level rays, like golden bars
    Lie on the landscape green,
      With shadows brown between,
        And silver white the river gleams,
          As if Diana, in her dreams,
            Had dropt her silver bow
              Upon the meadows low.
      - [Moon]

The secret studies of an author are the sunken piers upon which is to rest the bridge of his fame, spanning the dark waters of oblivion. They are out of sight, but without them no superstructure can stand secure.
      - [Study]

The shadows of the mind are like those of the body. In the morning of life they all lie behind us; at noon we trample them under foot; and in the evening they stretch long, broad, and deepening before us.
      - [Mind]

The soul never grows old.
      - [Soul]

The strength of criticism lies only in the weakness of the thing criticized.
      - [Criticism]

The sun stands, at midnight, blood-red, on the mountains of the North.
      - [Sun]

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without a thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.
      - [Success]

The thoughts of God in the heavens.
      - [Stars]

The twilight that surrounds the border-land of old romance.
      - [Romance]

The wind is rising; it seizes and shakes
  The doors and window-blinds, and makes
    Mysterious moanings in the halls;
      The convent-chimneys seem almost
        The trumpets of some heavenly host,
          Setting its watch upon our walls!
      - [Wind]

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