James Russell Lowell
James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the fireside poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets that rivaled the popularity of British poets. These writers usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.
James Russell Lowell Quotes Page 5
Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers, is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
... It was in masking education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
In all literary history there is no such figure as Dante, no such homogeneousness of life and works, such loyalty to ideas, such sublime irrecognition of the unessential.
Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve as or cut us, as we grip them by the blade or by the handle.