photo of Henry Wadsworth LongfellowPhoto Credit: WikiMedia Commons

Quotes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Welcome to our collection of quotes (with shareable picture quotes) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We hope you enjoy pondering them and that you will share them widely.

Wikipedia Summary for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the Fireside Poets from New England.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then still part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College and became a professor at Bowdoin and later at Harvard College after spending time in Europe. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in the Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on translating works from foreign languages. He died in 1882.

Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and had success overseas. He has been criticized by some, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.














































Longer Version:

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.






























Longer Version:

Resolve, and thou art free. But breathe the air
Of mountains, and their unapproachable summits
Will lift thee to the level of themselves.













































Longer Version:

Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.









































Cite this page:

APA Style Citation:

MLA Style Citation:

Link Back to Us: (preferred, thank you!)

Thank you for citing us - and thank you for sharing our quotes and quotepics - spread the joy - we appreciate it!


We wish you a perfect day!