Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, and was one of the five Fireside Poets.

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If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody.

The dawn is not distant nor is the night starless, love is eternal.

Like a French poem is life, being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.

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.

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams but in active charity and in willing service.

All things must change to something new to something strange.

Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Joy temperance and repose slam the door on the doctor's nose.

Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng but in ourselves are triumph and defeat.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing while others judge us by what we have already done.

The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.

They who go Feel not the pain of parting, it is they Who stay behind that suffer.

It is a beautiful trait in the lover's character that they think no evil of the object loved.

I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.

As to the pure mind all things are pure so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.

Build today then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base, And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.

Man is always more than he can know of himself, consequently his accomplishments time and again will come as a surprise to him.

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.

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