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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

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Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. James Russell Lowell

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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

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Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side. James Russell Lowell

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Careless seems the great Avenger; historys pages but recordOne death-grapple in the darkness twixt old systems and the Word;Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth;They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth;Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires! we ourselves must Pilgrims be,Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea,Nor attempt the Futures portal with the Pasts blood-rusted key. James Russell Lowell

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

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

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A sneer is the weapon of the weak. James Russell Lowell

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Light is the symbol of truth. James Russell Lowell

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Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor. James Russell Lowell

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

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Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. James Russell Lowell

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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

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A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. James Russell Lowell

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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

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

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

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

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

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Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character. James Russell Lowell

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Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it Confucius All truth is safe and nothing else is safe, but he who keeps back truth, or withholds it from men, from motives of expediency, is either a coward or a criminal. James Russell Lowell

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

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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

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

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Be NOBLE! and the nobleness that liesIn other men, sleeping, but never dead,Will rise in majesty to meet thine own. James Russell Lowell

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As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,So nobleness enkindleth nobleness. James Russell Lowell

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They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy. James Russell Lowell

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The brain can be easy to buy, but the heart never comes to market. James Russell Lowell

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The idol is the measure of the worshipper. James Russell Lowell

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Sorrow is the great idealizer. James Russell Lowell

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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

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

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Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime. James Russell Lowell

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor. James Russell Lowell

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They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak. James Russell Lowell

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Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. James Russell Lowell

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Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free. James Russell Lowell

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

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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

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But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet. Lessen like sound of friends departing feet; And death is beautiful as feet of friend. Coming with welcome at our journey's end. James Russell Lowell

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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. James Russell Lowell

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Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us;The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,We bargain for the graves we lie in;At the Devils booth are all things sold,Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;For a cap and bells our lives we pay,Bubbles we buy with a whole souls tasking:T is heaven alone that is given away,T is only God may be had for the asking;No price is set on the lavish summer;June may be had by the poorest comer. And what is so rare as a day in June?Then, if ever, come perfect days;Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,And over it softly her warm ear lays:Whether we look, or whether we listen,We hear life murmur, or see it glisten. James Russell Lowell

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

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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