Robert Frost Quotes
''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).
''But not gold in commercial quantities,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
Just enough gold to make the engagement rings
And marriage rings of those who owned the farm.
What gold more innocent could one have asked for?''
''Only you women have to put these airs onRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Snow."
To impress men. You've got us so ashamed
Of being men we can't look at a good fight
Between two boys and not feel bound to stop it.''
''And then the voice again: "You seem afraid.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Fear."
I saw by the way you whipped up the horse.
I'll just come forward in the lantern-light
And let you see."''
''The first tool I step onRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Objection to Being Stepped On."
Turned into a weapon.''
''And how much longer a story has scienceRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Too Anxious for Rivers."
Before she must put out the light on the children
And tell them the rest of the story is dreaming?''
''Her crop was a miscellanyRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Girl's Garden."
When all was said and done,
A little bit of everything,
A great deal of none.''
''Len says one steady pull more ought to do it.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Servant to Servants."
He says the best way out is always through.''
''They cannot scare me with their empty spacesRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Desert Places, A Further Range (1936).
Between starson stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.''
''"It's good luck when you move in to beginRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "In the Home Stretch."
With good luck with your stovepipe. Never mind,
It's not so bad in the country, settled down,
When people're getting on in life. You'll like it."''
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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.