James Russell Lowell quotes

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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.
A reading machine, always wound up and going,
He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.
When Nature was shaping him, clay was not granted
For making so full-sized a man as she wanted,
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His strength is so tender, his wildness so meek,
He seems, to my thinking (although I'm afraid
The comparison must, long ere this, have been made),
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"There is Lowell, who's striving Parnassus to climb
With a whole bale of isms tied together with rhyme,
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"There is Hawthorne, with genius so shrinking and rare
That you hardly at first see the strength that is there;
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"There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one,
Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on,
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No man is born into the world, whose work
Is not born with him; there is always work,
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What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticized for us!
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