James Russell Lowell Quotes

Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.

James Russell Lowell

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.

James Russell Lowell

In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak.

James Russell Lowell

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

James Russell Lowell

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft.

James Russell Lowell

Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession many

James Russell Lowell

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.

James Russell Lowell

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.

James Russell Lowell

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal.

James Russell Lowell

They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.

James Russell Lowell

The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers.

James Russell Lowell

I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.

James Russell Lowell

Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope and peace

James Russell Lowell

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts

James Russell Lowell

Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave; plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then

James Russell Lowell

It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin.

James Russell Lowell

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