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Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The secret anniversaries of the heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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It is a beautiful trait in the lovers character, that they think no evil of the object loved. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The human voice is the organ of the soul. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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To be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just retribution. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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In ourselves are triumph and defeat. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The world loves a spice of wickedness. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought! Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Love gives itself; it is not bought. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Write on your doors the saying wise and old. Be bold! and everywhere -- Be bold; Be not too bold! Yet better the excess Than the defect; better the more than less sustaineth him and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Not enjoyment, and not sorrow is our destined way, but to act that each tomorrow may find us further than today. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Oh, fear not in a world like this, and thou shalt know erelong, know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The course of my long life hath reached at last in fragile bark over a tempestuous sea the common harbor, where must rendered be account for all the actions of the past. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Were a star quenched on high,For ages would its light,Still travelling downward from the sky,Shine on our mortal sight. So when a great man dies,For years beyond our ken,The light he leaves behind him liesUpon the paths of men. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I stay a little longer, as one stays, to cover up the embers that still burn. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Ah! what would the world be to us If the children were no more? We should dread the desert behind us Worse than the dark before. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Then read from the treasured volume the poem of thy choice, and lend to the rhyme of the poet the beauty of thy voice. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Youth comes but once in a lifetime. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds in last year's nest! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Resolve and thou art free. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature --were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow