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“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
“Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“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.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Complete Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“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”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ballads and Other Poems
“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
tags: sea
“A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Good Poems for Hard Times
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“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.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Favorite Poems
“The heart, like the mind, has a memory.
And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night
tags: life
A Psalm of Life

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, - act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints
on the sand of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solenm main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night
“And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
and silently steal away.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, In the Harbor
“There are things of which I may not speak;
There are dreams that cannot die;
There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak,
And bring a pallor into the cheek,
And a mist before the eye.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“As Unto the bow the the cord is ,
So unto the man is woman;
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him , yet she follows:
Useless each without the other.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Perserverence 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.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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