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It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that
by James Russell Lowell

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that
the native metal of man is tested.
- 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

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything.
They just cry over their condition.
But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
- James Russell Lowell

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- 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

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

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Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.
- James Russell Lowell

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly
sincere in dealing with himself.
- James Russell Lowell

Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.
- James Russell Lowell

Folks never understand the folks they hate.
- James Russell Lowell

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

What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.
- James Russell Lowell

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

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that
the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
- James Russell Lowell

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

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

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
- James Russell Lowell

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

The greatest homage we can pay to truth,
is to use it.
- James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

Light is the symbol of truth.
- 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

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
- James Russell Lowell

On one issue at least, men and women agree;
they both distrust women.
- James Russell Lowell

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

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

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society
is wholesome for the character.
- James Russell Lowell

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts,
and dwell a hermit anywhere.
- James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

The eye is the notebook of the poet.
- James Russell Lowell

The surest plan to make a man is, think him so.
- James Russell Lowell

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
- James Russell Lowell

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea,
and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
- James Russell Lowell

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

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
- James Russell Lowell

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then,
if ever, come perfect days.
- 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

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin:
a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
- James Russell Lowell

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

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
- James Russell Lowell

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

Where one person shapes their life by precept and example,
there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.
- James Russell Lowell

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

What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that
of chief mourner at a funeral.
- James Russell Lowell

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
- James Russell Lowell

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

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful
sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
- James Russell Lowell

Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-
bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.
- James Russell Lowell

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen
from one to another mind.
- 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

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

Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.
- 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

A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
- 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

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

Fate loves the fearless.
- James Russell Lowell

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
- James Russell Lowell

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise,
Which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes.
- James Russell Lowell

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

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less
than a single lovely action.
- James Russell Lowell

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett


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