Quotations From ROBERT FROST


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  • "... Not but I've every reason not to care
    What happens to him if it only takes
    Some of the sanctimonious conceit
    Out of one of those pious scalawags."
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Snow."
  • Burst into my narrow stall;
    Swing the picture on the wall;
    Run the rattling pages o'er;
    Scatter poems on the floor;
    Turn the poet out of door.
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "To the Thawing Wind."
  • The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, New Hampshire (1923). These words were found on a scrap of paper on the desk of Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru when he died—presumed to be the last words he saw. John F. Kennedy regularly used the lines to wind up speeches during his presidential campaign.

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  • The headless aftermath ...
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Late Walk."
  • The furthest bodies
    To which man sends his
    Speculation,
    Beyond which God is;
    The cosmic motes
    Of yawning lenses.
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "I Will Sing You One-O...."

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  • When I see young men doing so wonderfully well in athletics, I don't feel angry at them. I feel jealous of them. I wish that some of my boys in writing would do the same thing.... You must have form—performance. The thing itself is indescribable, but it is felt like athletic form. To have form, feel form in sports—and by analogy feel form in verse. One works and waits for form in both. As I said, the person who spends his time criticizing the play around him will never write poetry. He will write criticism.
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Originally delivered at a poetry reading at Princeton University (October 26, 1937). "The Poet's Next of Kin in a College," Robert Frost: Poetry and Prose, Holt, Rinehart (1972).

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  • Such as even poets would admit perforce
    More practical than Pegasus the horse
    If it could put a star back in its course.
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Star in a Stoneboat."

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  • We meet I don't say when
    But must bring to the meeting the maturest,
    The longest-saved-up, raciest, localest
    We have strength of reserve in us to bring.
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Build Soil."

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  • The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square
    With the new city street it has to wear
    A number in. But what about the brook
    That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Brook in the City."

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  • You linger your little hour and are gone,
    And still the woods sweep leafily on....
    Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "On Going Unnoticed."

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