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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Music is the universal language of mankind.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.”

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time.”

Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.”

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.”

Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Trust no future, however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act – act in the living Present! Heart within and God overhead.”

Trust no future, however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act – act in the living Present! Heart within and God overhead.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Silence is a great peacemaker.”

Silence is a great peacemaker.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Don’t cross the bridge til you come to it.”

Don’t cross the bridge til you come to it.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Silence and solitude, the soul’s best friends.”

Silence and solitude, the soul’s best friends.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him.”

The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife!”

In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife!

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall.”

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote: “Success is not something to wait for, it is something to work for.”

Success is not something to wait for, it is something to work for.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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