International fame, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was one of the most popular poets of his era. He was born on 27th February 1807 in Portland, Maine. His popular work contains The Song of Hiawatha and Paul Revere's Ride.
His poetic works have been so potent on his readers. His first prominent collection of poetry was Voices Of The Night and Ballads and Other Poems.
Longfellow, after graduation, became a professor Bowdoin and then managed to get a job at Harvard University, where he taught for almost 18 years.
He was a versatile writer and had experimented with different forms of writings. His most famous works are designed as lyrical poetry. He was quite influenced by Romanticism and hence derived poems on topics like slavery and Hyperion.
His first wife died after a miscarriage in 1835. He remarried and lost his second wife too in 1861 because of accidental fire. This incident drowned him in inescapable agony. In this period, he translated The Divine Comedy by Dante, which marked such a success for him.
His life has been filled with tragedy, controversy, and pain, leading him to create one of the finest works there is.
On this note, here are some of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes.
When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
A person, who has done something remarkable, is remembered even after his demise.
His words are recalled. His achievements are celebrated. His journey becomes inspiration.
Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.
No one knows what a person is truly going through. Your experiences, your ordeals, your sentiments are very personal to you.
And just like that, every other person has a bag of private vexation they are carrying. Sometimes their energy matches the way they conduct themselves in public.
So before scrutinizing someone, try to understand what they might be going through.
The leaves of memory seemed to make A mournful rustling in the dark.
When you lose a person or lose anything for that matter, you are overwhelmed by pain. Even if you have moved on, the memories always reside in you, which often becomes the cause of your extreme affliction and agony.
Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.
A good life is a life that has seen it all, felt it all. Be it pain, heartbreak, or true happiness.
Everyone should cry a little. And then enjoy a little more. That is how you would know the essence of a good life.
There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
What is the most special thing you have felt? Your first love, indeed.
That silky jitters, that excitement, that passion to be with your partner is so special, and no other feeling can replace it.
That love teaches you so much. And it stays with you forever.
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Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.
When a person listens to his heart, the world calls him a lunatic. But once you start to hear what your heart has to say and then follow it, you become more lively.
The path you chose must always reflect your real passion, even if the world tells you, it is nothing but a surreal imagination.
As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
People whose hearts are chaste often conceive the world to be blemish-less. Your inner self reflects how your surrounding is.
People with a practical mentality looks at everything and see it as it is. One with a poetic mind looks at everything and finds beauty.
There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.
When someone is in deep pain, they wail or complain. But the deepest anguish doesn't have a face.
So never misjudge someone's silence. They may be stinging inside, and you won't even realize so.
The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
Before the bright side of life, you witness the darkest of it. Keep patience even when everything has fallen apart. Keep patience because everything will become better, better than ever.
Life produces extreme suffering just before giving you its blessings.
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If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
Sometimes what may seem an unexplainable ego is just a façade of pain and trauma. Always try to be more understanding before judging anyone.
Hating someone is quite a strong feeling. Once you get to see their true selves, you might know the real reason behind someone's impudent nature.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
We live in different places and speak a very different language. But one thing that connects every soul alive is music.
It is the language of the heart. Something that everyone feels as strongly.
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Your capabilities are greater than you know. You have more power than you now. In times of adversities, your true potential unveils itself. So never be afraid to fight failures.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
Even if it seems that the wrong has won the game, it never does.
Patience is a virtue. If you have been on the right path and have never done anything malicious, you will be blessed. Just keep patience.
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Like a white ray disperses into seven beautiful colours when it splits, when you are broken, you too can become stronger and happier.
Learn to scrutinize yourself even when you are not the best you could be.
All things come round to him who will but wait.
When people hold onto patience, life rewards them.
After a tough time, you will get better. Life will get better. All you need to do is wait for it with a heart full of hope.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Everyone will always tell you that you are wrong, that your choices are wrong. But if you have a strong will and you believe in yourself, nothing will break you down.
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Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
You do not achieve success if you lose after a little fall. Keep yourself strong and firm to keep fighting.
Do hard work with complete passion, and one day success will come. You will walk up to your destination.
Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
For you, you will always have not enough. But try to be a giver, and you will see how much people are in need.
Try to give your time, your understanding, your trust in someone. Try to feed the poor. Try to give the most minimum of what you have. And you will see how much that actually impacts someone's life.
Love gives itself; it is not bought.
Love is the purest thing there is. It isn't bought or donated. It just happens. It is present where no materialistic thing can ever be.
Every arrow that flies feels the pull of the earth.
When you are high enough, walking on the path of success, the people who look at you from the ground always envy your accomplishment.
But you need to remain unaffected by that and keep flying.