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

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

 

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If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Youth]

 

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In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Morality]

 

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Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Incredulity]

 

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It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Mediocrity]

 

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It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Genius]

 

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It is the rooted instinct in men to admire what is better and more beautiful than themselves.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Instinct]

 

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Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Misfortunes]

 

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

 

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Light is the symbol of truth.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Light]

 

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Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Adversity]

 

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Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Crime and Criminals]

 

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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 - [Decisions]

 

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One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Experience]

 

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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 Russell Lowell - [Character]

 

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Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Sentiment]

 

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Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Sincerity]

 

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Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.
~ James Russell Lowell - [Solitude]

 

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Some day the soft Ideal that we wooed confronts us fiercely, foe-beset, pursued, and cries reproachful: ''Was it then my praise, and not myself was loved? Prove now thy truth; I claim of thee the promise of thy youth.''
~ James Russell Lowell - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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