Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
1. 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.
2. POETRY IS WHEN AN EMOTION HAS FOUND ITS THOUGHT AND THE THOUGHT HAS FOUND WORDS.
3. THERE IS ONE THING MORE EXASPERATING THAN A WIFE WHO CAN COOK AND WON’T, AND THAT’S A WIFE WHO CAN’T COOK AND WILL.
4. I HOLD IT TO BE THE INALIENABLE RIGHT OF ANYBODY TO GO TO HELL IN HIS OWN WAY.
5. TO BE A POET IS A CONDITION, NOT A PROFESSION.
6. A DIPLOMAT IS A MAN WHO ALWAYS REMEMBERS A WOMAN’S BIRTHDAY BUT NEVER REMEMBERS HER AGE.
7. I AM NOT A TEACHER, BUT AN AWAKENER.
8. THE BEST WAY OUT IS ALWAYS THROUGH.
9. A POEM BEGINS AS A LUMP IN THE THROAT, A SENSE OF WRONG, A HOMESICKNESS, A LOVESICKNESS.
10. HAPPINESS MAKES UP IN HEIGHT FOR WHAT IT LACKS IN LENGTH.
11. POETRY IS WHAT GETS LOST IN TRANSLATION.
12. FREEDOM LIES IN BEING BOLD.
13. EDUCATION IS THE ABILITY TO LISTEN TO ALMOST ANYTHING WITHOUT LOSING YOUR TEMPER OR YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE.
14. IF WE COULDN’T LAUGH WE WOULD ALL GO INSANE.
15. NO TEARS IN THE WRITER, NO TEARS IN THE READER. NO SURPRISE IN THE WRITER, NO SURPRISE IN THE READER.
16. LOVE IS AN IRRESISTIBLE DESIRE TO BE IRRESISTIBLY DESIRED.
17. NEVER BE BULLIED INTO SILENCE. NEVER ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE MADE A VICTIM. ACCEPT NO ONE’S DEFINITION OF YOUR LIFE; DEFINE YOURSELF.
18. IN THREE WORDS I CAN SUM UP EVERYTHING I’VE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE: IT GOES ON.
19. WE LOVE THE THINGS WE LOVE FOR WHAT THEY ARE.