Robert Frost Quotes
''If you should rise from Nowhere up to Somewhere,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Fear of God."
From being No one up to being Someone,
Be sure to keep repeating to yourself
You owe it to an arbitrary god....''
''He took the props down used for propping open,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Old Barn at the Bottom of the Fogs."
And set them up again for propping shut,
The widespread double doors two stories high.
The advantage-disadvantage of these doors
Was that tramp taking sanctuary there
Must leave them unlocked to betray his presence.''
''And this school wasn't keeping anymore,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "To the Right Person."
Unless for penitents who took their seat
Upon its doorsteps as at mercy's feet
To make up for a lack of meditation.''
''The moon was waiting for her chill effect.Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Hillside Thaw."
I looked at nine: the swarm was turned to rock
In every lifelike posture of the swarm,
Transfixed on mountain slopes almost erect.''
''I can't express my feelings, any moreRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Servant to Servants."
Than I can raise my voice or want to lift
My hand (oh, I can lift it when I have to).''
''The heart can think of no devotionRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Devotion."
Greater than being shore to the ocean....''
''New is a word for fools in towns who thinkRobert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "In the Home Stretch."
Style upon style in dress and thought at last
Must get somewhere.''
''Well, if I have to choose one or the other,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "New Hampshire."
I choose to be a plain New Hampshire farmer
With an income in cash of, say, a thousand
(From, say, a publisher in New York City).
It's restful to arrive at a decision,
And restful just to think about New Hampshire.
At present I am living in Vermont.''
''"Well,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Snow."
She has him, then, though what she wants him for
I don't see."
"Possibly not for herself.
Maybe she only wants him for the children."''
''The city seems in-toppling from a height,Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "The Fear of Man."
But she can trust it not to fall tonight.
(It will be taken down before it falls.)''
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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 ...
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.