James Lowell

1819 - 1891

A Quote by James Russell Lowell on day, earth, and heaven

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.

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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 merit

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Of my merit On thet pint you yourself may jedge; All is, I never drink no sperit, Nor I haint never signed no pledge.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on deed

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Moliere Not a deed would he do, Not a word would he utter, Till he's weighed its relation To plain bread and butter.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell

No mud can soil us but the mud we throw.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on choice, darkness, decisions, evil, falsehood, god, good, nations, and truth

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side; Some great cause, God's new Messiah offering each the bloom or blight, Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right; And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and that light.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: The Present Crisis.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on nature

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Nature, they say, doth dote, And cannot make a man Save on some worn-out plan, Repeating us by rote.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: Ode at the Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865.

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on children and nature

Nature fits all her children with something to do.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: A Fable for Critics.

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