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James Russell Lowell Quote: “Fate loves the fearless.”

Fate loves the fearless.

— James Russell Lowell



James Russell Lowell Quote: “Not failure, but low aim, is crime.”

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.”

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “A wise man travels to discover himself.”

A wise man travels to discover himself.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.”

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

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.”

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “At the devil’s booth are all things sold. Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold.”

At the devil’s booth are all things sold. Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Light is the symbol of truth.”

Light is the symbol of truth.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare.”

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

— James Russell Lowell



James Russell Lowell Quote: “AND what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays; Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;.”

AND what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays; Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.”

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.”

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Humbleness is always grace; always dignity.”

Humbleness is always grace; always dignity.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new – and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.”

As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new – and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change.”

The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.”

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

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Idleness induces caprice.”

Idleness induces caprice.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.”

In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.”

The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.

— James Russell Lowell



James Russell Lowell Quote: “That best academy, a mother’s knee.”

That best academy, a mother’s knee.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “True freedom is to share All the chains our brothers wear, And, with heart and hand, to be Earnest to make others free!”

True freedom is to share All the chains our brothers wear, And, with heart and hand, to be Earnest to make others free!

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “When I was a beggarly boy, And lived in a cellar damp, I had not a friend nor a toy, But I had Aladdin’s lamp...”

When I was a beggarly boy, And lived in a cellar damp, I had not a friend nor a toy, But I had Aladdin’s lamp...

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.”

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “They enslave their children’s children who make compromise with sin.”

They enslave their children’s children who make compromise with sin.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “In the scale of the destinies, brawn will never weigh so mach as brain.”

In the scale of the destinies, brawn will never weigh so mach as brain.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Behind the dim unknown, Standeth God with the shadow, keeping watch above his own.”

Behind the dim unknown, Standeth God with the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.”

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude.”

The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “History is clarified experience.”

History is clarified experience.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.”

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.”

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.”

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

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers.”

The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “A friendship counting nearly forty years is the finest kind of shade-tree I know.”

A friendship counting nearly forty years is the finest kind of shade-tree I know.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.”

We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s the light of the oncoming train.”

If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s the light of the oncoming train.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.”

Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “My soul is not a palace of the past...”

My soul is not a palace of the past...

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.”

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “He gives only the worthless gold who gives from a sense of duty.”

He gives only the worthless gold who gives from a sense of duty.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction.”

Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “It is only by instigation of the wrongs of men that what we call the rights of men become turbulent and dangerous.”

It is only by instigation of the wrongs of men that what we call the rights of men become turbulent and dangerous.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life.”

To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.”

It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak; They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink From the truth they needs must think; They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three.”

They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak; They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink From the truth they needs must think; They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.”

Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.”

Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “Moral supremacy is the only one that leaves monuments, and not ruins, behind it.”

Moral supremacy is the only one that leaves monuments, and not ruins, behind it.

— James Russell Lowell


James Russell Lowell Quote: “The ultimate result of protecting fools from their folly is to fill the planet full of fools.”

The ultimate result of protecting fools from their folly is to fill the planet full of fools.

— James Russell Lowell

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