James Russell Lowell Quotes

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

James Russell Lowell

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

James Russell Lowell

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how

James Russell Lowell

The traitor to Humanity is the traitor most accursed; Man is more than Constitutions; better rot beneath the sod, Than be true to Church and State while we are doubly false to God.

James Russell Lowell

Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.

James Russell Lowell

Folks never understand the folks they hate.

James Russell Lowell

All God's angels come to us disguised.

James Russell Lowell

Not what we give, but what we share,-- For the gift without the giver is bare.

James Russell Lowell

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

James Russell Lowell

If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon

James Russell Lowell

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.

James Russell Lowell

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat

James Russell Lowell

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor

James Russell Lowell

The idol is the measure of the worshipper.

James Russell Lowell

The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.

James Russell Lowell

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.

James Russell Lowell

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