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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
February 27, 1807 - March 24, 1882
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

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


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


Music is the universal language of mankind.


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


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


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


Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.


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


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.


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.


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


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


The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.


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


The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.


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


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


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


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


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


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