Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''Magnified apples appear and disappear,
    Stem end and blossom end,
    And every fleck of russet showing clear.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. After Apple-picking (l. 18-20). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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  • ''The only asylum
    Was the poorhouse, and those who could afford,
    Rather than send their folks to such a place,
    Kept them at home; and it does seem more human.
    But it's not so: the place is the asylum.
    There they have every means proper to do with,
    And you aren't darkening other people's lives....''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Servant to Servants."
  • ''Go bring him home to his people.
    Lay him in state on a sepal.
    Wrap him for shroud in a petal.
    Embalm him with ichor of nettle.
    This is the word of your Queen."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Departmental (l. 28-32). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • ''And everybody to the saddest
    Laughed the loud laugh the big laugh at the little.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
  • ''God once spoke to people by name.
    The sun once imparted its flame.
    One impulse persists as our breath;
    The other persists as our faith.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Sitting by a Bush in Broad Sunlight."
  • ''We saw the risk we took in doing good,
    But dared not spare to do the best we could
    Though harm should come of it''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Exposed Nest."
  • ''The house had gone to bring again
    To the midnight sky a sunset glow.
    Now the chimney was all of the house that stood,
    Like a pistil after the petals go.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Need of Being Versed in Country Things (l. 1-4). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Now no joy but lacks salt
    That is not dashed with pain
    And weariness and fault;''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. To Earthward (l. 17-19). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • ''Were he not gone,
    The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
    Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
    Or just some human sleep.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. After Apple-picking (l. 18-20). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.

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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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