James Russell Lowell
Quotations


There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

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

What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticized for us!

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

Compromise makes a good umbrella but a poor roof.

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

Sorrow, the great idealizer.

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.

The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude.

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.

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.

Blessed are the horny hands of toil!

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.

What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.

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



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