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James Russell Lowell
(22 Feb 1819 - 12 Aug 1891)

American poet and satirist.

Science Quotes by James Russell Lowell (7 quotes)

In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science.
— James Russell Lowell
In literary essay, 'Witchcraft' (1868), collected in The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry (1870, 1898), Vol. 2, 359.
Science quotes on:  |  Poetry (96)  |  Science (1699)  |  Science And Poetry (8)

Some filosifers think that a fakkilty’s granted
The minnit it’s felt to be thoroughly wanted.…
That the fears of a monkey whose holt chanced to fail
Drawed the vertibry out to a prehensile tail.
— James Russell Lowell
Satire, from 'Biglow Papers', as quoted in Horatio Hackett Newman (ed.), Readings in Evolution, Genetics, and Eugenics (1921), 330.
Science quotes on:  |  Evolution (482)  |  Fear (113)  |  Monkey (37)  |  Philosopher (132)  |  Tail (13)  |  Vertebra (4)  |  Want (120)

The beauty of his better self lives on
In minds he touched with fire, in many an eye
He trained to Truth's exact severity;
He was a teacher: why be grieved for him
Whose living word still stimulates the air?
— James Russell Lowell
[On Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz.] 'Ode on the Death of Agassiz' (1888). In The Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell (1978),381.
Science quotes on:  |  Louis Agassiz (42)  |  In Memoriam (2)

The pressure of public opinion is like the pressure of the atmosphere; you can’t see it-but, all the same, it is sixteen pounds to the square inch.
— James Russell Lowell
As quoted in Brander Matthews, 'Unfamiliar Quotation', New York Times Book Review and Magazine (2 Apr 1922), 2. Matthews states “I am not certain that I can repeat it [as given above] in his exact words, but it is to this effect. … That sentence was minted by Lowell beyond all question. … I can recall where I got it. Nearly forty years ago … he was visited by Julian Hawthorne [who] wrote a long report” which included “good things” from his conversation with Lowell. The above quote was one of Lowell’s utterances.
Science quotes on:  |  Atmosphere (63)  |  Opinion (146)  |  Pressure (31)  |  Public (82)

There is surely room for yet another schoolmaster when a score of seers advertise themselves in Boston newspapers.
— James Russell Lowell
In literary essay, 'Witchcraft' (1868), collected in The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry (1870, 1898), Vol. 2, 397.
Science quotes on:  |  Advertisement (11)  |  Newspaper (27)  |  Schoolmaster (4)  |  Seer (2)

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the Future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
— James Russell Lowell
'The Present Crisis', The poetical works of James R. Lowell (1858), 161.
Science quotes on:  |  Truth (750)

We cannot but think there is something like a fallacy in Mr. Buckle’s theory that the advance of mankind is necessarily in the direction of science, and not in that of morals.
— James Russell Lowell
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Science quotes on:  |  Advance (123)  |  Buckle (4)  |  Direction (56)  |  Fallacy (19)  |  Mankind (196)  |  Moral (100)  |  Necessarily (13)  |  Science (1699)  |  Theory (582)  |  Think (205)


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