James Lowell

1819 - 1891

A Quote by James Russell Lowell on thought

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These pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred, Each softly lucent as a rounded moon; The diver Omar plucked them from their bed, Fitzgerald strung them on an English thread.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: a copy of Omar Khayyam.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on god, poets, purity, and traditions

If God made poets for anything, it was to keep alive the traditions of the pure, the holy, and the beautiful.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on age, needs, poets, and posterity

A poet must needs be before his own age, to be even with posterity.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on mind

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

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: My Study Windows. Abraham Lincoln, 1864.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on conscience

In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: Motto of the American Copyright League (written Nov. 20, 1885).

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on glory

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Ez to my princerples, I glory In hevin' nothin' o' the sort.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: The Biglow Papers. First Series. No. vii.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on democracy, liberty, and religion

Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: New England Two Centuries ago.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on agreement and truth

Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on truth

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

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: The Present Crisis.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on judgment and memory

True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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