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 children, day, deals, motherhood, nature, promises, rest, sleep, understanding, and wishes

As a fond mother, when the day is o'er, Leads by the hand her little child to bed, Half willing, half reluctant to be led, And leave his broken playthings on the floor. Still gazing at them through the open door, Nor wholly reassured and comforted By promises of others in their stead Which, the more splendid, may not please him more; So Nature deals with us, and takes away Our playthings one by one, and by the hand Leads us to rest so gently, that we go Scarce knowing if we wish to go or stay, Being too full of sleep to understand How far the unknown transcends the what we know.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The star of the unconquered will.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Light of Stars.

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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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