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Robert Lee Frost (26 March 1874 – 29 January 1963) was an American poet; winner of four Pulitzer Prizes.

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“The fact is the sweetest dream that labor knows.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: Mowing (1913)

“There was never a sound beside the wood but one, And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "Mowing" (1913)

“I do not see why I should e'er turn back, Or those should not set forth upon my track To overtake me, who should miss me here And long to know if still I held them dear.They would not find me changed from him they knew — Only more sure of all I thought was true.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "Into My Own", st. 4 (1913)

“Ah, when to the heart of man Was it ever less than a treason To go with the drift of things, To yield with a grace to reason, And bow and accept the end Of a love or a season?”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "Reluctance", st. 4 (1913)

“I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I sha’n’t be gone long. — You come too.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Pasture", st. 1 (1914)

“And nothing to look backward to with pride, And nothing to look forward to with hope.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Death of the Hired Man" (1914)

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Death of the Hired Man" (1914)

“The nearest friends can go With anyone to death, comes so far short They might as well not try to go at all. No, from the time when one is sick to death, One is alone, and he dies more alone. Friends make pretence of following to the grave, But before one is in it, their minds are turned And making the best of their way back to life And living people, and things they understand.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "Home Burial" (1914)

“Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favor.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Black Cottage" (1914)

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“Pressed into service means pressed out of shape.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Self-seeker" (1914)

“My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree Toward heaven still. And there's a barrel that I didn't fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn't pick upon some bough. But I am done with apple-picking now.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "After Apple Picking" (1914)

“Were he not gone, The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his Long sleep, as I describe its coming on, Or just some human sleep.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "After Apple Picking'' (1914)

“By good rights I ought not to have so much Put on me, but there seems no other way. Len says one steady pull more ought to do it. He says the best way out is always through. And I agree to that, or in so far As that I can see no way out but through — Leastways for me — and then they’ll be convinced.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: A Servant To Servants (1914)

“I always have felt strange when we came home To the dark house after so long an absence, And the key rattled loudly into place Seemed to warn someone to be getting out At one door as we entered at another.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Fear" (1914)

“To warm the frozen swamp as best it could With the slow smokeless burning of decay.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Wood-Pile" (1914)

““Men work together,” I told him from the heart, “Whether they work together or apart.””

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: The Tuft of Flowers (1915)

“Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: Letter to Louis Untermeyer (8 July 1915)

“A poem...begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: Letter to Louis Untermeyer (1 January 1916)

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“The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood, Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "Out, Out —" (1916)

“"Don't let him cut my hand off— The doctor, when he comes. Don't let him, sister!" So. But the hand was gone already.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "Out, Out —" (1916)

“Her crop was a miscellany When all was said and done, A little bit of everything, A great deal of none.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "A Girl's Garden'' (1916)

“But he sent her Good-by, And said to be good, And wear her red hood, And look for skunk tracks In the snow with an ax — And do everything!”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Last Word of a Blue Bird'' (1916)

“Something inspires the only cow of late To make no more of a wall than an open gate, And think no more of wall-builders than fools.”

— Robert Frost

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Quote source: "The Cow in Apple-Time" (1916)

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.”

— Robert Frost

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Source: 1910s, Mending Wall (1914)

“My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, "Good fences make good neighbours."”

— Robert Frost

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Source: 1910s, Mending Wall (1914)

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down.”

— Robert Frost

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Source: 1910s, Mending Wall (1914)

“He moves in darkness as it seems to me, Not of woods only and the shade of trees. He will not go behind his father’s saying, And he likes having thought of it so well He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.””

— Robert Frost

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Source: 1910s, Mending Wall (1914)

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