Quotes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad."

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books"

"For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain."

"Music is the universal language of mankind."

"Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels."


Books by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Inferno
  • 152,179 ratings
  • April 1st 2008 by Aegypan

    (first published 1307)

  • The Raven
  • 108,791 ratings
  • August 27th 2016 by Wentworth Press

    (first published 1845)

  • The Chimes
  • 7,184 ratings
  • November 8th 2013 by Start Classics

    (first published 1844)

  • Twice-Told Tales
  • 2,766 ratings
  • 1989 by The Reader's Digest Association

    (first published 1837)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Date of birth: February 27, 1807
  • Died: March 24, 1882
  • Born: in Portland, Maine, The United States.

  • Description: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and "Evangeline". He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets.

    Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, and studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1842). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, though he lived the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington.

    Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poetry, known for its musicality, which often presented stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.