James Russell Lowell Quotes

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

Light is the symbol of truth.
– James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

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

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

– 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

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

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
– 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

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
– 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

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
– James Russell Lowell

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
– James Russell Lowell

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
– James Russell Lowell

Fate loves the fearless.
– 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

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

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