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.
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Be noble, and the nobleness that lies in other men, sleeping but never dead, will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded.
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.
Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction.
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticised for us!
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
If God made poets for anything, it was to keep alive the traditions of the pure, the holy, and the beautiful.
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.