Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and was one of the five Fireside Poets.

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Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart.

Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny for it is destiny.

A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close, Something attempted, something done has earned a night's repose.

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined, Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.

The sky is filled with stars invisible by day.

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as the blazing meteor when it descends to earth is only a stone.

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach, we are never satisfied.

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors than from his virtues.

Evil is only good perverted.

Therefore trust to thy heart and to what the world calls illusions.

The human voice is the organ of the soul.

For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself though in another dress And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars invisible by day.

If you would hit the mark you must aim a little above it.

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.

Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall.

Look not mournfully into the past it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

Into each life some rain must fall.

Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion.

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins, it is less difficult to know that it has begun.

For his heart was in his work and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning - an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.

Resolve and thou art free.

That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.

The Helicon of too many poets is not a hill crowned with sunshine and visited by the Muses and the Graces but an old mouldering house full of gloom and haunted by ghosts.

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.

Love gives itself, it is not bought.

Not in the clamor of the crowded street not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng but in ourselves are triumph and defeat.

Give what you have to somebody it may be better than you think.

There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love the first fluttering of its silken wings.

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved not because it is sought after.

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.

The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.

People demand freedom only when they have no power.

There are moments in life when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word it overflows and its secret Spilt on the ground like water can never be gathered together.

Method is more important than strength when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.

Music is the universal language of mankind.

If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody.

The dawn is not distant nor is the night starless, love is eternal.

Like a French poem is life, being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.

It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams but in active charity and in willing service.

All things must change to something new to something strange.

Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Joy temperance and repose slam the door on the doctor's nose.

Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng but in ourselves are triumph and defeat.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing while others judge us by what we have already done.

The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.

They who go Feel not the pain of parting, it is they Who stay behind that suffer.

It is a beautiful trait in the lover's character that they think no evil of the object loved.

I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.

As to the pure mind all things are pure so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.

Build today then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base, And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.

Man is always more than he can know of himself, consequently his accomplishments time and again will come as a surprise to him.

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody.

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

The nearer the dawn the darker the night.

Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness, So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another only a look and a voice then darkness again and a silence.

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.

However things may seem no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews to challenge every new author.

A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.

All things come round to him who will but wait.

In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.

The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.

He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.

The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.

Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.

The mind of the scholar if he would leave it large and liberal should come in contact with other minds.

The love of learning the sequestered nooks And all the sweet serenity of books.

Something attempted something done Has earned a nights repose.

Simplicity in character in manners in style, in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.

When she had passed it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.

Heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight but while their companions slept they were toiling upward in the night.

In character in manner in style in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Talk not of wasted affection - affection never was wasted.