Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''Not even New Hampshire farms are much for sale.
    The farm I made my home on in the mountains
    I had to take by force rather than buy.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
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  • ''"Skepticism" is that anything more than we used to mean when we said, "Well, what have we here?"''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Quoted by critic Lionel Trilling, Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, 1946 entry, ed. William Philips (1985).
  • ''"When was I ever anything but kind to him?
    But I'll not have the fellow back," he said.
    "I told him so last haying, didn't I?
    'If he left then,' I said, 'that ended it.'
    What good is he? Who else will harbor him
    At his age for the little he can do?''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Death of the Hired Man (l. 11-16). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''The Muse mourns one who went to his retreat
    Long since in some abysmal city street....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Lost Follower."
  • '''Tis not enough on roots and in the mouth,
    But give me water heavy on the head
    In all the passion of a broken drouth.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Wind and the Rain."
  • ''The latest creed that has to be believed
    And entered in our childish catechism
    Is that the All's a concept self-conceived,
    Which is no more than good old Pantheism.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Concept Self-Conceived."
  • ''Heaven gives its glimpses only to those
    Not in position to look too close.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Passing Glimpse."
  • ''I'm a poor underdog,
    But tonight I will bark
    With the great Overdog
    That romps through the dark.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Canis Major."
  • ''The King said to his son: "Enough of this!
    The Kingdom's yours to finish as you please.
    I'm getting out tonight. Here, take the crown."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "How Hard It Is to Keep From Being King When It's in You and in the Situation."
  • ''Artists the minute they set up as artists,
    Before, that is, they are themselves accepted,
    And boys the minute they get out of college.
    I can't help thinking those are tests to go by.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."

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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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Revelation

We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone find us really out.

'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.

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