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Quotations by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowEvery man has his secret sorrow - Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

Look not mournfully into the past - Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

We judge ourselves by . . . - We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Brilliancy of style passes for affluence of thought - With many readers brilliancy of style passes for affluence of thought: they mistake buttercups in the grass for immeasurable gold mines under the ground.

Drudgery of every-day cares and duties - The every-day cares and duties which men call drudgery are the weights and counterpoises of the clock of Time, giving its pendulum a true vibration, and its hands a regular motion; and when they cease to hang upon the wheels, the pendulum no longer sways, the hands no longer move, the clock stands still.

Build where monsters hid - It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought. Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves.

In character, in manners, in style - In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Judge the power of a book - Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings - as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.

Bodies become worn-out instruments - 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.