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JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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Over all life broods Poesy, like the calm blue sky with its motherly, rebuking face. She is the great reformer, and where the love of her is strong and healthy, wickedness and wrong cannot long prevail.
      - [Poetry]

Piety is indifferent whether she enters at the eye or at the ear. There is none of the senses at which she does not knock one day or other. The Puritans forgot this, and thrust Beauty out of the meeting-house and slammed the door in her face.
      - [Piety]

Practical application is the only mordant which will set things in the memory. Study without it is gymnastics, and not work, which alone will get intellectual bread.
      - [Study]

Praise follows Truth afar off; and only overtakes her at the grave; Plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then.
      - [Praise]

Pride and weakness are Siamese twins.
      - [Pride]

Pride of origin, whether high or low, springs from the same principle in human nature; one is but the positive, the other the negative, pole of a single weakness.
      - [Ancestry]

Reading Chaucer is like brushing through the dewy grass at sunrise.
      - [Reading]

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

Scepticism commonly takes up the room left by defect of imagination, and is the very quality of mind most likely to seek for sensual proof of supersensual things. If one came from the dead it could not believe; and yet it longs for such a witness, and will put up with a very dubious one.
      - [Skepticism]

She hath a natural, wise sincerity, a simple truthfulness; and these have lent her a dignity as moveless as the centre.
      - [Dignity]

Slow are the steps of freedom, but her feet turn never backward.
      - [Freedom]

Some kind of pace may be got out of the eeriest jade by the near prospect of oats; but the thoroughbred has the spur in his blood.
      - [Blood]

Sorrow, the great idealizer.
      - [Sorrow]

Stories now, to suit a public taste, must be half epigram, half pleasant vice.
      - [Stories]

Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.
      - [Self-control]

Take winter as you find him, and he turns out to be a thoroughly honest fellow with no nonsense in him, and tolerating none in you, which is a great comfort in the long run.
      - [Winter]

Taste is the next gift to genius.
      - [Taste]

That cause is strong which has not a multitude, but one strong man behind it.
      - [Strength]

The best academy, a mother's knee.
      - [Mothers]

The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers, and dreads nothing so much as their charity and patience.
      - [Intolerance]

The discontent with the existing order of things pervaded the atmosphere, wherever the conditions were favorable, long before Columbus, seeking the back door of Asia, found himself knocking at the front door of America.
      - [Reformation]

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.
      - [Opinion]

The greater your real strength and power, the quieter it will be exercised.
      - [Vehemence]

The idol is the measure of the worshiper.
      - [Idols]

The intellect has only one failing, which, to be sure, is a very considerable one. It has no conscience.
      - [Intellect]


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