James Russell Lowell
- Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- Men in earnest have no time to waste
In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.
(topic: censorship and free speech)
- One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
- Who knows whither the clouds have fled?
In the unscarred heaven they leave no wake;
And the eyes forget the tears they have shed,
The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
(topic: joy and sorrow)
- There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
- Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.