John Greenleaf Whittier Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john greenleaf whittier quotes, john greenleaf whittier sayings, and john greenleaf whittier proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!     

John Greenleaf Whittier

One brave deed makes no hero.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'     

John Greenleaf Whittier

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year. These make a merry christmas!     

John Greenleaf Whittier

And close at hand, the basket stood With nuts from brown October's wood.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year. These make a merry christmas!     

John Greenleaf Whittier

All the windows of my heart I open to the day.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

The windows of my soul I throw wide open to the sun.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Oh, for boyhood's painless play, sleep that wakes in laughing day, health that mocks the doctor's rules, knowledge never learned of schools.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Rest if you must, but never quit.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Swan flocks of lilies shoreward lying, In sweetness, not in music, dying.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings; I know that God is good!     

John Greenleaf Whittier

A faint blush melting through the light of thy transparent cheek like a rose-leaf bathed in dew.     

John Greenleaf Whittier

Through the open door A drowsy smell of flowers -grey heliotrope And white sweet clover, and shy mignonette Comes fairly in, and silent chorus leads To the pervading symphony of Peace.     

John Greenleaf Whittier