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James Russell Lowell

1819-1891. American poet, critic and editor.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet. Lessen like sound of friends departing feet; And death is beautiful as feet of friend. Coming with welcome at our journey's end.

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Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.

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Sentiment is intellectualized emotion; emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.

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They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.

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