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Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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Thomas Bailey Aldrich, the most conspicuous American poet of his generation. Born at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 11th Nov., 1836; died at Boston in March, 1907.


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Quote Left They fail, and they alone, who have not striven. Quote Right
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Quote Left Books that have become classics -- books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal -- always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay. Quote Right
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Quote Left What is more cheerful, now, in the fall of the year, than an open-wood-fire? Do you hear those little chirps and twitters coming out of that piece of apple-wood? Those are the ghosts of the robins and blue-birds that sang upon the bough when it was in blossom last Spring. In Summer whole flocks of them come fluttering about the fruit-trees under the window: so I have singing birds all the year round. Quote Right
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Quote Left Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant. Quote Right
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Quote Left Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades. Quote Right
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