Robert Frost Quotes
''He looks on the bright side of everything,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Servant to Servants."
Including me. He thinks I'll be all right
With doctoring. But it's not medicine
Lowe is the only doctor's dared to say so
It's rest I want there, I have said it out....''
''Ants are a curious race;''Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Departmental (l. 13). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
''You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.... The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.''Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
''Nothing not built with hands of course is sacred.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
But here is not a question of what's sacred;
Rather of what to face or run away from.
I'd hate to be a runaway from nature.''
''Far star that tickles for me my sensitive plateRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Skeptic."
And fries a couple of ebon atoms white....''
''I always have felt strange when we came homeRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Fear."
To the dark house after so long an absence,
And the key rattled loudly into place
Seemed to warn someone to be getting out
At one door as we entered at another.''
''The birds that came to it through the airRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Need of Being Versed in Country Things (l. 13-16). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
At broken windows flew out and in,
Their murmur more like the sigh we sigh
From too much dwelling on what has been.''
''The hurt is not enough:Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. To Earthward (l. 29-32). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
I long for weight and strength
To feel the earth as rough
To all my length.''
''I turned and looked back up at the sky,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Afterflakes."
Where we still look to ask the why
Of everything below.''
''And I looked to be happy, and I was,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Servant to Servants."
As I said, for a while but I don't know!
Somehow the change wore out like a prescription.''
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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 ...
The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
And from there those that lifted eyes could count
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
Under the sunset far into Vermont.
And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,
As it ran light, or had to bear a load.
And nothing happened: day was all but done.