Robert Frost

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

Robert Frost Quotes

  • ''An ant on the tablecloth
    Ran into a dormant moth
    Of many times his size.
    He showed not the least surprise.
    His business wasn't with such.
    He gave it scarcely a touch,''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Departmental (l. 1-6). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
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  • ''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).
  • ''The only person really soiled with trade
    I ever stumbled on in old New Hampshire
    Was someone who had just come back ashamed
    From selling things in California.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
  • ''The universe may or may not be very immense.
    As a matter of fact there are times when I am apt
    To feel it close in tight against my sense
    Like a caul in which I was born and still am wrapped.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Skeptic."
  • ''"But it's nonsense to think he'd care enough."
    "You mean you couldn't understand his caring.
    Oh, but you see he hadn't had enough...."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Fear."
  • ''One had to be versed in country things
    Not to believe the phoebes wept.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. The Need of Being Versed in Country Things (l. 23-24). . . The Poetry of Robert Frost. Edward Connery Lathem, ed. (1979) Henry Holt.
  • '''Twas something we knew all about to begin with
    And needn't have fared into space like his master
    To find 'twas the effort, the essay of love.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Too Anxious for Rivers."
  • ''And he said, "That ought to make you
    An ideal one-girl farm,
    And give you a chance to put some strength
    On your slim-jim arm."''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Girl's Garden."
  • ''The best way out is always through.''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. A Servant to Servants, North of Boston (1914).
  • ''And lonely as it is, that loneliness
    Will be more lonely ere it will be less—''
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Desert Places (l. 9-10). . . 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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Out, Out

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.

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