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 companions, deed, men, saints, shame, and vices

Saint Augustine! well has thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! . . . 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 (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Ladder of Saint Augustine

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on death

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There is no flock, however watched and tended, But one dead lamb is there; There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended, But has one vacant chair.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: Resignation.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on defeat

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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Poets

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on birds, time, and truth

For Time will teach thee soon the truth, There are no birds in last year's nest!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: It is Not Always May.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on beginning, books, day, life, passion, and time

Alas! it is not till time, with reckless hand, has torn out half the leaves from the Book of Human Life to light the fires of passion with from day to day, that man begins to see that the leaves which remain are few in number.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: Hyperion. Book iv. Chap. viii.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on heart and time

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Time has laid his hand Upon my heart gently, not smiting it, But as a harper lays his open palm Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Golden Legend. iv.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on art, bravery, funerals, and time

Art is long, and time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still like muffled drums are beating Funeral marches to the grave.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: A Psalm of Life. see Hippocrates

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on duty, glory, heart, and world

Oh, what a glory doth this world put on, for him who with a fervent heart goes forth under the bright and glorious sky, and looks on duties well performed, and days well spent.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on god

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God had sifted three kingdoms to find the wheat for this planting.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Courtship of Miles Standish. iv.

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