James Russell Lowell Quotes

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Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
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Not what we give, But what we share, For the gift without the giver Is bare.
- James Russell Lowell

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A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
- James Russell Lowell

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The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers.
- James Russell Lowell

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If you take a sword an’ dror it, An’ go stick a feller thru, Guv’ment ain’t to answer for it, God’ll send the bill to you.
- James Russell Lowell

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Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
- James Russell Lowell

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

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Light is the symbol of truth.
- James Russell Lowell

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

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We kind o’ thought Christ went agin war an’ pillage.
- James Russell Lowell

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The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me.
- James Russell Lowell

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I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them.
- James Russell Lowell

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What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
- James Russell Lowell

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No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.
- James Russell Lowell

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The Don Quixote of one generation may live to hear himself called the savior of society by the next.
- James Russell Lowell

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The devil loves nothing better than the intolerance of reformers, and dreads nothing so much as their charity and patience.
- James Russell Lowell

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A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
- James Russell Lowell

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Ah, men do not know how much strength is in poise that he goes the farthest who goes far enough.
- James Russell Lowell

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Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.
- James Russell Lowell

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Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That’s why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers.
- James Russell Lowell

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Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.
- James Russell Lowell

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Not what we give, but what we share,– For the gift without the giver is bare.
- James Russell Lowell

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No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.
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Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
- James Russell Lowell



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