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 :: 1807-1892, American Poet, Reformer, Author

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Beauty seen is never lost, God's colors all are fast.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Beauty]

 

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Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Resolution]

 

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For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ''It might have been!''
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Regret]

 

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Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Farming and Farmers]

 

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Here Greek and Roman find themselves alive along these crowded shelves; and Shakespeare treads again his stage, and Chaucer paints anew his age.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Libraries]

 

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How dwarfed against his manliness she sees the poor pretension, the wants, the aims, the follies, born of fashion and convention!
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Men]

 

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O Time and change! -- with hair as gray as was my sire's that winter day, how strange it seems, with so much gone of life and love, to still live on!
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Age and Aging]

 

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Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Drugs]

 

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Oh, for boyhood's painless play, sleep that wakes in laughing day, health that mocks the doctor's rules, knowledge never learned of schools.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Nostalgia]

 

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On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last!
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Media]

 

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One brave deed makes no hero.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Peace]

 

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Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Action]

 

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The dreariest spot in all the land to Death they set apart; with scanty grace from Nature's hand, and none from that of Art.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Burial]

 

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They tell me, Lucy, thou art dead, that all of thee we loved and cherished has with thy summer roses perished; and left, as its young beauty fled, an ashen memory in its stead.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Bereavement]

 

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Through this broad street, restless ever, ebbs and flows a human tide, wave on wave a living river; wealth and fashion side by side; Toiler, idler, slave and master, in the same quick current glide.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Cities and City Life]

 

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When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier - [Faith]

 

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