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Youth comes but once in a lifetime.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)
Love gives itself, but is not bought.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Endymion)
The human voice is the organ of the soul.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)
Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Spanish Student, 1842)
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Outre-mer, 1835)
All things come round to him who will but wait.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Tales of a Wayside Inn, 1863 - 1874)
There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)
In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)
Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Elegiac Verse, 1879)
The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Nun of Nidaros)
All things must change to something new, to something strange.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Keramos, 1878)
Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline, 1847)
Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline, 1847)
Thy fate is the common fate of all;
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Rainy Day, 1842)
Stronger than steel is the sword of the Spirit;
Swifter than arrows, the light of the truth.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Tales of a Wayside Inn, 1863 - 1874)
For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Tales of a Wayside Inn, 1863 - 1874)
For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (By The Seaside)
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Kavanagh, 1849)
It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Review in the North American Review, 1837)
He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Michel Angelo)
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Poets, 1877)
The happy should not insist too much upon their happiness in the presence of the unhappy.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In old age our bodies are worn-out instruments, on which the soul tries in vain to play the melodies of youth. But because the instrument has lost its strings, or is out of tune, it does not follow that the musician has lost his skill.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Table Talk, 1857)
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Table Talk, 1857)
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Hyperion, 1839)
Every man is in some sort a failure to himself. No one ever reaches the heights to which he aspires.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Table Talk, 1857)
The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Day is Done, 1845)
Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Spanish Student, 1842)
Time has laid his hand
Upon my heart, gently, not smiting it,
But as a harper lays his open palm
Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (The Golden Legend, 1872)
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Bio

Born: February 27, 1807
Died: March 24, 1882

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator. He was quite popular during his time and is greatly esteemed to this day.

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However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
Samuel Longfellow, This is a very common misquotation which I realized recently. Many older sources than the internet are clearly attributing this quote to Henry's brother Samuel Longfellow.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Conduct of Life which was written 1860.

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