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Quotations From JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

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  • 1.
    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 (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. "Elizabethan Dramatists, Omitting Shakespear: John Webster," Lowell's Early Prose Writings (1902).

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  • 2.
    Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. "Elizabethan Dramatists, Omitting Shakespeare: John Webster" (1843), in Lowell's Early Prose Writings (1902).

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  • 3.
    Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. speech, Oct. 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "On Democracy," Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).
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    The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. originally published in Atlantic Monthly (Boston, Jan. 1869). On a Certain Condescension in Foreigners, vol. 3, Literary Essays (1890).
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    I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. Letter, March 4, 1873.
  • 6.
    Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. "Nationality in Literature," North American Review (July 1849). Reviewing Longfellow's Kavanagh.
  • 7.
    Compromise makes a good umbrella but a poor roof.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. speech, Oct. 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "On Democracy," published in Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).
  • 8.
    Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. Originally published in North American Review (Boston, July 1867). Rousseau and the Sentimentalists, Among My Books (1870).

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  • 9.
    What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
    James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. Address, October 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "Democracy," Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).

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