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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.

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„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

„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

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„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.

„I do not believe in violent changes, nor do I expect them.“

—  James Russell Lowell

On Democracy (6 October 1884)
Contexto: I do not believe in violent changes, nor do I expect them. Things in possession have a very firm grip. One of the strongest cements of society is the conviction of mankind that the state of things into which they are born is a part of the order of the universe, as natural, let us say, as that the sun should go round the earth. It is a conviction that they will not surrender except on compulsion, and a wise society should look to it that this compulsion be not put upon them. For the individual man there is no radical cure, outside of human nature itself, for the evils to which human nature is heir.

„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.

„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.“

—  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.

„New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth“

—  James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis

St. 18
The Present Crisis (1844)
Contexto: New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth
Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires! we ourselves must Pilgrims be,
Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea,
Nor attempt the Future’s portal with the Past’s blood-rusted key.

„Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;“

—  James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis

St. 5
The Present Crisis (1844)
Contexto: Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God's new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right,
And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and that light.

„Democracy is nothing more than an experiment in government, more likely to succeed in a new soil, but likely to be tried in all soils, which must stand or fall on its own merits as others have done before it. For there is no trick of perpetual motion in politics any more than in mechanics.“

—  James Russell Lowell

On Democracy (6 October 1884)
Contexto: Few people take the trouble of trying to find out what democracy really is. Yet this would be a great help, for it is our lawless and uncertain thoughts, it is the indefiniteness of our impressions, that fill darkness, whether mental or physical, with spectres and hobgoblins. Democracy is nothing more than an experiment in government, more likely to succeed in a new soil, but likely to be tried in all soils, which must stand or fall on its own merits as others have done before it. For there is no trick of perpetual motion in politics any more than in mechanics.

„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.

„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.

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