Quotes by James Russell Lowell

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
– James Russell Lowell

A wise man travels to discover himself.
– James Russell Lowell

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
– James Russell Lowell

It is quite too common a practice, both in readers and the more superficial class of critics, to judge a book by what it is not, a matter much easier to determine than what it is.
– James Russell Lowell

At the devil’s booth are all things sold. Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold.

– James Russell Lowell

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
โ€” James Russell Lowell

Fate loves the fearless.
– James Russell Lowell

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
– James Russell Lowell

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.
– James Russell Lowell

Endurance is the crowning quality,
And patience all the passion of great hearts.
– James Russell Lowell

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
– James Russell Lowell

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne–
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
– James Russell Lowell

Things always seem fairer when we look back at them, and it is out of that inaccessible tower of the past that Longing leans and beckons.
โ€” James Russell Lowell

There is no good arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
โ€” James Russell Lowell

Light is the symbol of truth.
– James Russell Lowell

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Analysis is carried into everything. Even Deity is subjected to chemical tests.
-James Russell Lowell

There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
– James Russell Lowell

Great truths are portions of the soul of man.
-James Russell Lowell

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
– James Russell Lowell

Things always seem fairer when we look back at them, and it is out of that inaccessible tower of the past that Longing leans and beckons.

– JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

Talent is that which is in a man’s power; genius is that in whose power a man is.
– James Russell Lowell

A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
– James Russell Lowell

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.
– James Russell Lowell

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
– James Russell Lowell

Nature fits all her children with something to do, he who would write and can’t write, can surely review.
– James Russell Lowell

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