Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Buried was the bloody hatchet. Buried was the dreadful war club ;, Buried were all warlike weapons, And the war-cry was forgotten. There was peace among the nations. War & Peace
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. Life ;History ;Human Nature
Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time; History
Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs. Justice & Injustice
War is a terrible trade; but in the cause that is righteous, Sweet is the smell of powder. War & Peace
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of, while others judge us by what we have already done. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.
A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
All things come round to him who will but wait.
All things must change to something new, to something strange.
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
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.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose. Morning
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Evil is only good perverted.
Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny.
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.
For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.
He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. Failure ;Success
I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.
If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.
Into each life some rain must fall. Life
It is a beautiful trait in the lover's character, that they think no evil of the object loved.
It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.
It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. Time
Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.
Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.
Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are. Life
Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time. Time
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. Future
Love gives itself; it is not bought. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him. Time
Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. Society
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.
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. Religion & God
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Music is the universal language of mankind. Music, Chants & Rapps
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
People demand freedom only when they have no power. Power ;Freedom & Liberty
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. Success
Resolve and thou art free. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Life
Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
Something attempted, something done, Has earned a nights repose.
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
Talk not of wasted affection - affection never was wasted.
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.
The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. Nature
The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
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.
The human voice is the organ of the soul.
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds.
The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
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. Success
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. Life
There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. Sympathy
There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions. Trust
They who go Feel not the pain of parting; it is they Who stay behind that suffer.
Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall. Life
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit. Nature
Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion.
Youth comes but once in a lifetime.