Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
I’m not confused, I’m just well mixed.
The snake stood up for evil in the Garden.
Sometimes, the only way out is through.
There is little much beyond the grave, but the strong are saying nothing until they see.
And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
There is the fear that we shan’t prove worthy in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Man—fear that men won’t understand us and we shall be cut off from them.
College is a refuge from hasty judgment.
I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
No memory of having starred atones for later disregard, or keeps the end from being hard.
Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent.
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.
Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
We get twitted now and then on how we made this country. Well, we took the whole business, of course. It’s not just that corner that we took away from Mexico. When we got it all together, we got a very shapely country-the best continental cut in all the world, between the two oceans and in the right temperature zone.
The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended—and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended.
Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.
There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will.
We cannot tell some people what it is believe, partly because they are too stupid to understand, partly because we are too proudly vague to explain.
Suddenly, quietly, you realize that – from this moment forth – you will no longer walk through this life alone. Like a new sun this awareness arises within you, freeing you from fear, opening your life. It is the beginning of love, and the end of all that came before.
A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.
How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?
The heart can think of no devotion
Greater than being shore to the ocean-
Holding the curve of one position,
Counting an endless repetition.
It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.
If you don’t know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Robert Penn Warren American Novelist, Poet
- Theodore Roethke American Poet
- Stanley Kunitz American Poet
- W. H. Auden British-born American Poet
- Edna St. Vincent Millay American Poet
- John Ciardi American Poet
- James Russell Lowell American Poet, Critic
- William Butler Yeats Irish Poet
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich American Writer
- Celia Thaxter American Poet