James Russell Lowell
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, that you are dreadfully like other people.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
A poet must need be before his own age, to be even with posterity.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
Toward no crime have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
They are slaves who fear to speak,For the fallen and the weak.
This imputation of inconsistency is one to which every sound politician and every honest thinker must sooner or later subject himself. The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.
Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.