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“My sorrow, when she's here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane.”
Robert Frost
“Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.”
Robert Frost
“For I have had too much
Of apple-picking:I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.”
Robert Frost
“My goal in life is to unite my avocation with my vocation,
As my two eyes make one in sight.”
Robert Frost
“Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.”
Robert Frost
“The hurt is not enough: I long for weight and strength. To feel the earth as rough to all my length”
Robert Frost, Complete Poems Of Robert Frost, 1949
“So was I once myself a swinger of birches.
And so I dream of going back to be.”
Robert Frost
“The Trial By Existence

Even the bravest that are slain
Shall not dissemble their surprise
On waking to find valor reign,
Even as on earth, in paradise;
And where they sought without the sword
Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
To find that the utmost reward
Of daring should be still to dare.

The light of heaven falls whole and white
And is not shattered into dyes,
The light for ever is morning light;
The hills are verdured pasture-wise;
The angel hosts with freshness go,
And seek with laughter what to brave;—
And binding all is the hushed snow
Of the far-distant breaking wave.

And from a cliff-top is proclaimed
The gathering of the souls for birth,
The trial by existence named,
The obscuration upon earth.
And the slant spirits trooping by
In streams and cross- and counter-streams
Can but give ear to that sweet cry
For its suggestion of what dreams!

And the more loitering are turned
To view once more the sacrifice
Of those who for some good discerned
Will gladly give up paradise.
And a white shimmering concourse rolls
Toward the throne to witness there
The speeding of devoted souls
Which God makes his especial care.

And none are taken but who will,
Having first heard the life read out
That opens earthward, good and ill,
Beyond the shadow of a doubt;
And very beautifully God limns,
And tenderly, life’s little dream,
But naught extenuates or dims,
Setting the thing that is supreme.

Nor is there wanting in the press
Some spirit to stand simply forth,
Heroic in its nakedness,
Against the uttermost of earth.
The tale of earth’s unhonored things
Sounds nobler there than ’neath the sun;
And the mind whirls and the heart sings,
And a shout greets the daring one.

But always God speaks at the end:
’One thought in agony of strife
The bravest would have by for friend,
The memory that he chose the life;
But the pure fate to which you go
Admits no memory of choice,
Or the woe were not earthly woe
To which you give the assenting voice.’

And so the choice must be again,
But the last choice is still the same;
And the awe passes wonder then,
And a hush falls for all acclaim.
And God has taken a flower of gold
And broken it, and used therefrom
The mystic link to bind and hold
Spirit to matter till death come.

‘Tis of the essence of life here,
Though we choose greatly, still to lack
The lasting memory at all clear,
That life has for us on the wrack
Nothing but what we somehow chose;
Thus are we wholly stripped of pride
In the pain that has but one close,
Bearing it crushed and mystified.”
Robert Frost
“God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said "To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end."

God's Garden”
Robert Frost
“Hope is not found in a way out but a way through.”
Robert Frost
“When I was young, I was so interested in baseball that my family was afraid I'd waste my life and be a pitcher. Later they were afraid I'd waste my life and be a poet. They were right.”
Robert Frost
“A poet never takes notes..you never take notes in a Love Affair.”
Robert Frost
“It looked as if a night of dark intent was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage...”
Robert Frost
“The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.”
Robert Frost
“You, of course, are a rose--
But were always a rose.”
Robert Frost, You Come Too
“For dear me, why abandon a belief
Merely because it ceases to be true”
Robert Frost
“Nobody was ever meant to remember or invent what he did with every cent. ”
Robert Frost
tags: money
“Poetry begins in trivial metaphors, pretty metaphors, "grace" metaphors, and goes on to the profoundest thinking that we have. Poetry provides the one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another. People say, "Why don’t you say what you mean?" We never do that, do we, being all of us too much poets. We like to talk in parables and in hints and in indirections — whether from diffidence or some other instinct.”
Robert Frost
“Fireflies in the Garden
By Robert Frost 1874–1963

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can't sustain the part.”
Robert Frost, The Poetry of Robert Frost
“The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.”
Robert Frost
“Life must be kept up at a great rate in order to absorb any considerable amount of learning.”
Robert Frost
“Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes all the pressure off the second.”
Robert Frost
“For, dear me, why abandon a belief,
Merely because it ceases to be true,
Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt,
It will turn true again, for so it goes.”
Robert Frost, The Poetry of Robert Frost
“I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great”
Robert Frost
tags: fire, ice
“I dwell with a strangely aching heart
In that vanished abode there far apart”
Robert Frost
“I do not see why I should e’er turn back,
Or those should not set forth upon my track
To overtake me, who should miss me here
And long to know if still I held them dear.

They would not find me changed from him they knew — Only more sure of all I thought was true.”
Robert Frost
“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.”
Robert Frost
“What is done is done for the love of it- or not really done at all.”
Robert Frost
“Our very life depends on everythings' recurring til we answer from within.”
Robert Frost
“A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth.”
Robert Frost


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