James Russell Lowell Quotations

James Russell Lowell

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.

Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.

Have you ever considered what the mere ability to read means? That is the key which admits us to the whole world of thought and fancy and imagination.

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.

I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.

Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.

It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of the intelligence.

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

They have rights who dare maintain them.

What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.