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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

Tags: Character, Imagination, Society

Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.

Tags: Forever, Truth, Wrong

And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.

Tags: Days, Perfect, Rare

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.

Tags: Character, Impossible, Whole

Folks never understand the folks they hate.

Tags: Folks, Hate, Understand

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.

Tags: Beauty, God, Men

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.

Tags: Metal, Mind, Presence

Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.

Tags: Evil, Good, Truth

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.

Tags: Good, Politics, Wise

A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.

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In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.

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There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

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Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.

Tags: Death, Night, Truth

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

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He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft.

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I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.

Tags: Against, Democracy, Mind

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.

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Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.

Tags: Cut, Either, Serve

The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.

Tags: Greatest, Pay, Truth

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.

Tags: Anywhere, Mind, Thoughts

The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.

Tags: Color, Experience, Faith

There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.

Tags: Longer, Sea, Wonder

To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.

Tags: Desires, Horizon, Wants

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.

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An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.

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Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.

Tags: Born, Him, Takes
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Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.

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Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.

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If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.

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Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.

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It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.

Tags: Genius, Life, Place

No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.

Tags: Great, Himself, Sincere

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.

Tags: Light, Looks, Reputation

The eye is the notebook of the poet.

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The surest plan to make a man is, think him so.

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There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.

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True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.

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Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.

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What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.

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What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.

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Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.

Tags: Example, Life, Thousand

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.

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Light is the symbol of truth.

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Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.

Tags: Done, God, Morning

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.

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All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

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Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.

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Fate loves the fearless.

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A weed is no more than a flower in disguise, Which is seen through at once, if love give a man eyes.

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Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Tags: Democracy, Government, Oppressor

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.

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Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

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Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace.

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Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold- bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.

Tags: Belief, Men, Themselves

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.

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The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

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Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

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Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.

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Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

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Good luck is the willing handmaid of a upright and energetic character, and conscientious observance of duty.

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Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.

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On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.

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Every person born into this world their work is born with them.

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Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

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The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.

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As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.

Tags: Change, End, Life
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