94 Total Quotes

James Lowell Quotes

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft
James Lowell
#Authority

They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
James Lowell
#Ancestry #Birthright

The eye is the notebook of the poet.
James Lowell
#Poetry And Poets

Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope and peace
James Lowell
#Bible

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
James Lowell
#Manners #Democracy

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls
James Lowell
#Beauty

There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one, / Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on; / Whose prose is grand verse, while his verse, the Lord knows, / Is some of it pr - No, 'tis not even prose.
James Lowell
#Gold

Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
James Lowell
#American Journalist

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 Lowell
#Commitment

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave
James Lowell
#Grave

Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.
James Lowell
#Death

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts
James Lowell
#Endurance

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
James Lowell
#Genius

True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
James Lowell
#Knowledge #Judgment

Of all the sarse that I can call to mind, / England does make the most onpleasant kind: / It's you're the sinner 'ollers, she's the saint; / Wut's good's all English, all thet isn't ain't.
James Lowell
#England

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Lowell
#Character

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Lowell
#Democracy

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
James Lowell
#Incredulity

A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity
James Lowell
#Age And Aging

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
James Lowell
#Character #Reputation

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how
James Lowell
#Grief

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
James Lowell
#Books And Reading

Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found
James Lowell
#Creativity

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.
James Lowell
#Gratitude

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
James Lowell
#Freedom

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
James Lowell
#Crime And Criminals