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Quotes of the day: Robert Frost

Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 @ 8:19 PM EST
Jan 28 2016

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet, highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named Poet laureate of Vermont. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A jury consists of twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer.

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.

Anyone with an active mind lives on tentatives rather than tenets.

Don't be an agnostic. Be something.

Don't ever take a fence down unless you know why it was put up.

Education is hanging around until you've caught on.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

Hell is a half-filled auditorium.

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

I don't take life very seriously. It's hard to get into this world and hard to get out of it. And what's in between doesn't make much sense. If that sounds pessimistic, let it stand.

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall.

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness. I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.

The best way out is always through.

There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

We get truth like a man trying to drink at a hydrant.

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.

You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.


(Edward Abbey, Paddy Chaefsky, Thomas Paine, and William McKinley)

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