Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''To market 'tis our destiny to go.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."
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  • ''I verily believe
    My fair impression may
    Be all from that one day
    No shadow crossed but ours....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Happiness Makes Up in Height for What It Lacks in Length."
  • ''Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
    What I was walling in or walling out,
    And to whom I was like to give offense.
    Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
    That wants it down.'''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Mending Wall (l. 32-36). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Somewhere must be the grave of the young boy
    Who married her for playmate more than helpmate,
    And sometimes laughed at what it was between them.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Place for a Third."
  • ''"Why wouldn't it scare me to have a fire
    Begin in smudge with ropy smoke, and know
    That still, if I repent, I may recall it,
    But in a moment not: a little spurt
    Of burning fatness, and then nothing but
    The fire itself can put it out, and that
    By burning out...."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Bonfire."
  • ''We can't appraise the time in which we act.
    But for the folly of it, let's pretend
    We know enough to know it for adverse.
    One more millennium's about to end.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Lesson for Today."
  • ''The light of heaven falls whole and white
    And is not shattered into dyes....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Trial by Existence."
  • ''Far as we aim our signs to reach,
    Far as we often make them reach,
    Across the soul-from-soul abyss,
    There is an aeon-limit set
    Beyond which they are doomed to miss.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Missive Missile."
  • ''There's no such thing as socialism pure
    Except as an abstraction of the mind.
    There's only democratic socialism,
    Monarchic socialism, oligarchic
    The last being what they seem to have in Russia.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."
  • ''"There's something I should like to ask you, dear."
    "You don't know how to ask it."
    "Help me, then."
    Her fingers moved the latch for all reply.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Home Burial."

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Best Poem of Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come ...

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After Apple Picking

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight

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