Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''Mind you, we are mind.
    We are not the kind
    To stay too confined.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Kitty Hawk."
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  • ''You'll wait a long, long time for anything much
    To happen in heaven beyond the floats of cloud
    And the Northern Lights that run like tingling nerves.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On Looking Up by Chance at the Constellations."
  • ''I've known ere now an interfering branch
    Of alder catch my lifted ax behind me.
    But that was in the woods, to hold my hand
    From striking at another alder's roots,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Ax-Helve."
  • ''I didn't like the way he went away.
    That smile! It never came of being gay.
    Still he smiled did you see him? I was sure!
    Perhaps because we gave him only bread....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Hill Wife, "III. The Smile."
  • ''"It's hard to tell you how I managed it.
    When I saw the shaft had me by the coat,
    I didn't try too long to pull away,
    Or fumble for my knife to cut away,
    I just embraced the shaft and rode it out...."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Self-Seeker."
  • ''Our life runs down in sending up the clock.
    The brook runs down in sending up our life.
    The sun runs down in sending up the brook.
    And there is something sending up the sun.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. West-running Brook (l. 69-72). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Meditate nothing. Learn to contemplate.
    Contemplate glory. There will be a light.
    Contemplate Truth until it burns your eyes out.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Mercy."
  • ''Leaves got up in a coil and hissed,
    Blindly struck at my knee and missed.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Bereft (l. 9-10). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Firm in our beliefs without dismay,
    In any game the nations want to play.
    A golden age of poetry and power
    Of which this noonday's the beginning hour.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration."
  • ''Summary riposte
    To the dreary wail
    There's no knowing what
    Love is all about.
    Poets know a lot.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Kitty Hawk."

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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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Come In

As I came to the edge of the woods,
Thrush music -- hark!
Now if it was dusk outside,
Inside it was dark.

Too dark in the woods for a bird
By sleight of wing
To better its perch for the night,
Though it still could sing.

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