James Russell Lowell

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James Russell Lowell (/ˈloʊəl/; February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside. Lowell graduated from Harvard College in 1838, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School. He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White in 1844. He and his wife had several children, though only one survived past childhood. The couple soon became involved in the movement to abolish slavery, with Lowell using poetry to express his anti-slavery views and taking a job in Philadelphia,... More

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James Russell Lowell #Alone #Change

Photo of James Russell Lowell The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
James Russell Lowell #Beauty #God #Poetry #Truth

Photo of James Russell Lowell 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 Russell Lowell #Experience

Photo of James Russell Lowell One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
James Russell Lowell #Failure

Photo of James Russell Lowell Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
James Russell Lowell #Failure

Photo of 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 #Freedom

Photo of James Russell Lowell Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
James Russell Lowell #God #Morning

Photo of James Russell Lowell 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 Russell Lowell #Great #Patience

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

Photo of James Russell Lowell A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
James Russell Lowell #Imagination #Society

Photo of James Russell Lowell Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russell Lowell #Intelligence

Photo of James Russell Lowell To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.
James Russell Lowell #Truth

Photo of James Russell Lowell Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.
James Russell Lowell #Government

Photo of James Russell Lowell Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
James Russell Lowell #Truth

Photo of James Russell Lowell The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.
James Russell Lowell #Women

Photo of James Russell Lowell On one issue at least, men and women agree they both distrust women.
James Russell Lowell #Sympathy

Photo of James Russell Lowell The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
James Russell Lowell #Truth

Photo of James Russell Lowell Light is the symbol of truth.
James Russell Lowell #Truth

Photo of James Russell Lowell Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.
James Russell Lowell #Truth

Photo of James Russell Lowell Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
James Russell Lowell #Work

Photo of James Russell Lowell Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
James Russell Lowell #Change

Photo of 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 #Experience #Faith

Photo of James Russell Lowell The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
James Russell Lowell #God #Hope #Peace

Photo of James Russell Lowell Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace.
James Russell Lowell #Death #Truth

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

Photo of 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.