Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

1807 - 1882

A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on companions and men

The height of 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 (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on life and world

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Under the spreading chestnut tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands. . . . He earns whate'er he can, And looks the whole world in the face, For he owes not any man. . . . Toiling,-rejoicing,-sorrowing, Onward through life he goes; Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Village Blacksmith

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on youth

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A boy's will is the wind's will, And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on youth

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It is autumn; not without But within me is the cold. Youth and spring are all about; It is I that have grown old.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: Autumn Within

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nothing that is can pause or stay; The moon will wax, the moon will wane, The mist and cloud will turn to rain, The rain to mist and cloud again, Tomorrow be today.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on art and god

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Thou art the Iris, fair among the fairest, Who, armed with golden rod And winged with the celestial azure, bearest The message of some God.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: Iris

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on mountains

Through woods and mountain passes The winds, like anthems, roll.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: Midnight Mass for the Dying Year, 1839.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on mountains

With useless endeavour Forever, forever, Is Sisyphus rolling His stone up the mountain!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Masque of Pandora. Chorus of the Eumenides.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on affection

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on change, exercise, expectation, god, men, miracles, necessity, power, silence, and wonder

If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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