Robert Frost Quotes

Most popular Robert Frost Quotes

Freedom lies in being bold.
— Robert Frost

freedom

Occupy the land with character.
— Robert Frost
To be social is to be forgiving.
— Robert Frost

forgiveness

Hell is a half-filled auditorium.
— Robert Frost

theater

An idea is a feat of association.
— Robert Frost
The best way out is always through.
— Robert Frost

adversity determination motivational

I had a lover's quarrel with the world.

interesting poets

All the fun is in how you say something.
— Robert Frost
A poem begins with a lump in the throat.
— Robert Frost
We love things we love for what they are.
— Robert Frost
I have been one acquainted with the night.
— Robert Frost

poets

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
— Robert Frost

poetry

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

poetry

Anything more than the truth would be too much.
— Robert Frost
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
— Robert Frost
I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
— Robert Frost

sports

One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
— Robert Frost
You have freedom when you're easy in your harness.
— Robert Frost

freedom

A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
— Robert Frost

law

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

happiness

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
— Robert Frost

love

Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
— Robert Frost
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
— Robert Frost

poetry poets tennis

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
— Robert Frost

mistakes

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.
— Robert Frost

poets

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
— Robert Frost

liberal

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by.
— Robert Frost

Travel

Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.

poetry

An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.

ideas metaphor

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.
— Robert Frost

life

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
— Robert Frost

courts

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
— Robert Frost

home

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
— Robert Frost

father parents

A poem may be worked over once it is in being, but may not be worried into being.

worry

You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.

grammar

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.  Writing a poem is discovering.

poets

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
— Robert Frost
I never dared be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.
— Robert Frost
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
— Robert Frost

work worry

The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.

father mother parents

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

change truth

I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.
— Robert Frost

conservatives

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
— Robert Frost

socialism

No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard
Or keeps the end from being hard.

celebrity

The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
— Robert Frost

work

My object is living is to unite
My avocation with my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.

vocation

A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows its possessor's point of view.

purpose of life

There's room for only one person...at the top of the steeple...I always meant that person to be me.

poets

My definition of poetry (if I were forced to give one) would be this: words that have become deeds.

poetry

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.
— Robert Frost

anger education

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body—the wishbone.
— Robert Frost

wish

There are three great things in the world: there is religion, there is science, and there is gossip.
— Robert Frost

gossip

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
— Robert Frost

career

The figure a poem makes.  It begins in delight and ends in wisdom.  The figure is the same as for love.

poetry

The difference between a man and his valet: they both smoke the same cigars, but only one pays for them.
— Robert Frost

status

A man will sometimes devote all his life to the development of only one part of his body — the wishbone.
— Robert Frost
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
— Robert Frost
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
— Robert Frost

education

Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
— Robert Frost

America

Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost

conformity individuality

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
— Robert Frost
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

inspirational

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness.  I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.

individuality

The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound—that he will never get over it.

poetry reading

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
— Robert Frost

office

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.
— Robert Frost
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.

quarrels

Why abandon a belief merely because it ceases to be true. Cling to it long enough, and it will turn true again, for so it goes. Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
— Robert Frost

beliefs truth

A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a home-sickness 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 the words.

poetry

The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.
— Robert Frost

power