James Russell Lowell Quotes

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
James Russell Lowell (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. Letter, March 4, 1873.
What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. Address, October 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "Democracy," Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).
It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.
James Russell Lowell (1819-91), U.S. poet, editor. "Elizabethan Dramatists, Omitting Shakespear: John Webster," Lowell's Early Prose Writings (1902).
Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. "Elizabethan Dramatists, Omitting Shakespeare: John Webster" (1843), in Lowell's Early Prose Writings (1902).
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. "Nationality in Literature," North American Review (July 1849). Reviewing Longfellow's Kavanagh.
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. originally published in Atlantic Monthly (Boston, Jan. 1869). On a Certain Condescension in Foreigners, vol. 3, Literary Essays (1890).
Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. speech, Oct. 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "On Democracy," Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).
Compromise makes a good umbrella but a poor roof.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. speech, Oct. 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "On Democracy," published in Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).