James Lowell

1819 - 1891

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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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on children, heaven, lies, and rest

This child is not mine as the first was; I cannot sing it to rest; I cannot lift it up fatherly, And bless it upon my breast. Yet it lies in my little one's cradle, And sits in my little one's chair, And the light of the heaven she 's gone to Transfigures its golden hair.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: The Changeling.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on memory and perception

He gives us the very quintessence of perception,-the clearly crystalized precipitation of all that is most precious in the ferment of impression after the impertinent and obtrusive particulars have evaporated from the memory.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: Coleridge.

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