Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • “Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.”
  • “A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.”
  • “It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.”
  • “If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
  • “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
  • “Success is not something to wait for, it is something to work for.”
  • “If we love one another, nothing, in truth, can harm us, whatever mischances may happen.”
  • “Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”
  • “The great tragedy of the average man is that he goes to his grave with his music still in him.”
  • “The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.”
  • “Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall”
  • “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
  • “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.”
  • “Live up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.”
  • “Let us labor for an inward stillness– An inward stillness and an inward healing. That perfect silence where the lips and heart Are still, and we no longer entertain Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions, But God alone speaks to us and we wait In singleness of heart that we may know His will, and in the silence of our spirits, That we may do His will and do that only”
  • “Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.”
  • “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”
  • “Love is the root of creation; God’s essence; worlds without number Lie in his bosom like children; he made them for this purpose only. Only to love and to be loved again.”
  • “In the lives of the saddest of us, there are bright days like this, when we feel as if we could take the great world in our arms and kiss it. Then come the gloomy hours, when the fire will neither burn on our hearths nor in our hearts; and all without and within is dismal, cold, and dark. Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.”
  • “Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.”
  • “Glorious indeed is the world of God around us, but more glorious the world of God within us.”
  • “It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.”
  • “A feeling of sadness and longing, That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain.”
  • “It is a beautiful trait in the lover’s character, that they think no evil of the object loved.”
  • “Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.”

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