Quotes by James Russell Lowell


One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
– James Russell Lowell
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
– James Russell Lowell
An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
– James Russell Lowell
As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.
– James Russell Lowell
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
– James Russell Lowell
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
– James Russell Lowell
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
– James Russell Lowell
Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.
– James Russell Lowell
Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.
– James Russell Lowell
Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
– James Russell Lowell
Fate loves the fearless.
– James Russell Lowell
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
– James Russell Lowell
Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
– James Russell Lowell
Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed... if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons.
– James Russell Lowell
Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
– James Russell Lowell
Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.
– James Russell Lowell
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
– James Russell Lowell
If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
– James Russell Lowell
In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
– James Russell Lowell
Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
– James Russell Lowell