Top 20 Quotes of Edgar Lee Masters:
✧ Work for your own soul's sake.
✧ To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
✧ To love is to find your own soul Through the soul of the beloved one.
✧ To this generation I would say: Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.
✧ Immortality is not a gift, Immortality is an achievement; And only those who strive mightily Shall possess it.
✧ In time you shall see Fate approach you In the shape of your own image in the mirror.
✧ There is the silence of age, too full of wisdom for the tongue to utter it in words intelligible to those who have not lived the great range of life.
✧ I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea.
And the silence of the city when it pauses,
And the silence of a man and a maid,
And the silence for which music alone finds the word.
✧ The snows and the roses of yesterday are vanished;
And what is love but a rose that fades?
✧ How shall the soul of a man be larger than the life he has lived?
✧ It takes life to love life.
✧ Those who first oppose a good work, seize it and make it their own, when the cornerstone is laid and memorial tablets are erected.
✧ the much-sought prize of eternal youth Is just arrested growth.
✧ A giant as we hoped, in truth, a dwarf; A barrel of slop that shines on Lethe's wharf', Which at first seemed a vessel with sweet wine For thirsty lips. So down the swift decline You went through sloven spirit, craven heart And cynic indolence. And here the art Of molding clay has caught you for the nonce And made your shame our shame ~ Your head in bronze!
✧ Did I follow Truth wherever she led, And stand against the whole world for a cause, And uphold the weak against the strong? If I did I would be remembered among men.
✧ The tongue may be an unruly member-- But silence poisons the soul.
✧ The mind sees the world as a thing apart, And the soul makes the world at one with itself. A mirror scratched reflects no image— And this is the silence of wisdom.
✧ There is no marriage in Heaven, but there is love.
✧ Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks. It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there. Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back.
✧ And I never started to plow in my life That some one did not stop in the road And take me away to a dance or picnic. I ended up with forty acres; I ended up with a broken fiddle— And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories, And not a single regret.
🖎 Author: Edgar Lee Masters
♛ Career: Poet
📅 Life: August 23, 1868 - March 5, 1950
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