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James Russell Lowell

Data de nascimento: 22. Fevereiro 1819
Data de falecimento: 12. Agosto 1891

James Russell Lowell foi um poeta romântico, crítico, satírico, escritor, diplomata e abolicionista dos Estados Unidos da América.

Foi o primeiro editor da revista literária The Atlantic Monthly. Wikipedia

Citações James Russell Lowell

„Não adianta discutir com o inevitável. O único argumento disponível contra o vento de leste é vestir o sobretudo.“

—  James Russell Lowell

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your over- coat.
"Essays, English and American: with introductions, notes and illustrations‎" - Vol. 28, Página 471, de James Russell Lowell - P. F. Collier & son, 1910 - 485 páginas

„A melhor academia é o joelho da mãe.“

—  James Russell Lowell

That best academy, a mother's knee.
citado em The Harvard advocate‎ - Página 132, de Harvard University - Publicado por Harvard Advocate., 1870

„Abençoados os que nada têm a dizer e não se deixam persuadir a dizer.“

—  James Russell Lowell

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
Say Hello to your very own book of Quotes‎ - Página 10, de James Russel Lowell, Publicado por Quotations Book

„Um cepticismo prudente é o primeiro atributo de um bom crítico.“

—  James Russell Lowell

Variante: Um ceticismo prudente é o primeiro atributo de um bom crítico.

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„What men call treasure, and the gods call dross,
Life seems a jest of Fate's contriving,
Only secure in every one's conniving,
A long account of nothings paid with loss.“

—  James Russell Lowell

St. 3.
Ode Recited at the Harvard Commemoration http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/1169/ (July 21, 1865)
Contexto: The little that we do
Is but half-nobly true;
With our laborious hiving
What men call treasure, and the gods call dross,
Life seems a jest of Fate's contriving,
Only secure in every one's conniving,
A long account of nothings paid with loss.

„Not only around our infancy
Doth heaven with all its splendors lie“

—  James Russell Lowell

Prelude to Pt. I, st. 2
The Vision of Sir Launfal (1848)
Contexto: Not only around our infancy
Doth heaven with all its splendors lie;
Daily, with souls that cringe and plot,
We Sinais climb and know it not.

„They were not seduced by the French fallacy that a new system of government could be ordered like a new suit of clothes. They would as soon have thought of ordering a new suit of flesh and skin. It is only on the roaring loom of time that the stuff is woven for such a vesture of their thought and experience as they were meditating.“

—  James Russell Lowell

On Democracy (6 October 1884)
Contexto: The framers of the American Constitution were far from wishing or intending to found a democracy in the strict sense of the word, though, as was inevitable, every expansion of the scheme of government they elaborated has been in a democratical direction. But this has been generally the slow result of growth, and not the sudden innovation of theory; in fact, they had a profound disbelief in theory, and knew better than to commit the folly of breaking with the past. They were not seduced by the French fallacy that a new system of government could be ordered like a new suit of clothes. They would as soon have thought of ordering a new suit of flesh and skin. It is only on the roaring loom of time that the stuff is woven for such a vesture of their thought and experience as they were meditating. They recognized fully the value of tradition and habit as the great allies of permanence and stability. They all had that distaste for innovation which belonged to their race, and many of them a distrust of human nature derived from their creed.

„God, give us Peace! not such as lulls to sleep,
But sword on thigh and brow with purpose knit!“

—  James Russell Lowell

The Washers of the Shroud, st. 20
Contexto: God, give us Peace! not such as lulls to sleep,
But sword on thigh and brow with purpose knit!
And let our Ship of State to harbor sweep,
Her ports all up, her battle lanterns lit,
And her leashed thunders gathering for their leap.

„In the scales of the destinies brawn will never weigh so much as brain.“

—  James Russell Lowell

On Democracy (6 October 1884)
Contexto: In the scales of the destinies brawn will never weigh so much as brain. Our healing is not in the storm or in the whirlwind, it is not in monarchies, or aristocracies, or democracies, but will be revealed by the still small voice that speaks to the conscience and the heart, prompting us to a wider and wiser humanity.

„Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet ’tis Truth alone is strong,
And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around her throng
Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from all wrong.“

—  James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis

St. 6
The Present Crisis (1844)
Contexto: Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party thou shalt stand,
Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust against our land?
Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet ’tis Truth alone is strong,
And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around her throng
Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from all wrong.

„Democracy in its best sense is merely the letting in of light and air.“

—  James Russell Lowell

On Democracy (6 October 1884)
Contexto: All free governments, whatever their name, are in reality governments by public opinion, and it is on the quality of this public opinion that their prosperity depends. It is, therefore, their first duty to purify the element from which they draw the breath of life. With the growth of democracy grows also the fear, if not the danger, that this atmosphere may be corrupted with poisonous exhalations from lower and more malarious levels, and the question of sanitation becomes more instant and pressing. Democracy in its best sense is merely the letting in of light and air.

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