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 :: 1819-1891, American Poet, Critic, Editor

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A reading machine, always wound up and going, he mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Scholars and Scholarship]

 

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A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Reason]

 

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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 - [Age and Aging]

 

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Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Words]

 

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Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Books and Reading]

 

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But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet. Lessen like sound of friends departing feet; And death is beautiful as feet of friend. Coming with welcome at our journey's end.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Death and Dying]

 

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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 - [Compromise]

 

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Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Democracy]

 

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Endurance is the crowning quality...
~ James Russell Lowell - [Perseverance]

 

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Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Deeds and Good Deeds]

 

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Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Work]

 

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Folks never understand the folks they hate.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Understanding]

 

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Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Fortune]

 

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Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Freedom]

 

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Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Luck]

 

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Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Ambition]

 

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He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Knowledge]

 

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I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Interest]

 

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