If there’s one line I always remember reading when I was younger it’s: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference.” When I would reference this at eleven-years-old I thought I was a real wiz and perhaps I was. After all, Robert Frost won four Pulitzer Prizes and wrote countless poems, letters, and books. His poem “Fire and Ice” even inspired George R. R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire.
So what is it about this Congressional Gold Medal recipient’s words that makes us so entranced? Aside from being named Vermont’s poet laureate, the name Robert Frost alone exudes an earthy, poetic warmth. Why stop at poetry? Here are twelve Robert Frost quotes that will make all the difference.
1. We love the things we love for what they are.
2. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
3. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
4. A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a love sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
5. Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
6. If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.
7. Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
8. Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
9. You’re always believing ahead of your evidence. What was the evidence I could write a poem? I just believed it. The most creative thing in us is to believe in a thing.
10. Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.
11. And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.
12. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
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