144+ Best Robert Frost Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. Profoundly inspirational Robert Frost quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Robert Frost Quotes

And go along with you ere you lose sight Of what you came for and become like me,Slave to a springtime passion for the earth. How love burns through the Putting in the Seed On through the watching for that early birth When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,The sturdy seedling with arched body comes Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs. – Robert Frost

Come grow old with me, for the best is yet to come! – Robert Frost

The test is always how we treat the poor. – Robert Frost

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

Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30. – Robert Frost

If you remember only one thing I’ve said, remember that an idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor. If you have never made a good metaphor, then you don’t know what it’s all about. – Robert Frost

The line-storm clouds fly tattered and swift, The road is forlorn all day, Where a myriad snowy quartz stones lift, And the hoof-prints vanish away. The roadside flowers, too wet for the bee, Expend their bloom in vain. Come over the hills and far with me, And be my love in the rain. – Robert Frost

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. – Robert Frost

You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness. – Robert Frost

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. – Robert Frost

Freedom is slavery some poets tell us. Enslave yourself to the right leader’s truth, Christ’s or Karl Marx’, and it will set you free. – Robert Frost

The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion. – Robert Frost

Any work of art must first of all tell a story. – Robert Frost

Live life like its the last breath you take for that breath is the whole essence of living, the little things in life are what connects us to all the big things we live for – Robert Frost

Nothing gold can stay. – Robert Frost

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

All the fun is in how you say a thing. – Robert Frost

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. – Robert Frost

Democracy is the best chance for the best people. – Robert Frost

Only where love and need are one, And the work is play for mortal stakes Is the deed ever truly done For Heaven and the future’s sakes – Robert Frost

Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall. – Robert Frost

Yes, and even for the past that it will turn out to have been all right for what it was. Something I can accept. Mistakes made by the self I had to be or was not able to be. – Robert Frost

I always entertain great hopes. – Robert Frost

I don’t like to see things on purpose. I like them to soak in. A friend asked me to go to the top of the Empire State Building once, and I told him that he shouldn’t treat New York as a sight-it’s feeling, an emotional experience. And the same with every place else. – Robert Frost

It’s a funny thing that when a man hasn’t anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married. – Robert Frost

Earth would soon. Be uninhabitable as the moon. What for that matter had it ever been? Who advised man to come and live there in? – Robert Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. – Robert Frost

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

So when at times the mob is swayed To carry praise or blame too far, We may choose something like a star To stay our minds on and be staid. – Robert Frost

Tree at my window, window tree, My sash is lowered when night comes on; But let there never be curtain drawn Between you and me. – Robert Frost

The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off a frozen peak, And you’re two months back in the middle of March. – Robert Frost

I heard someone say he [Carl Sandburg] was the kind of writer who had everything to gain and nothing to lose by being translated into another language. – Robert Frost

I am not a teacher. I am an awakener. – Robert Frost

The best thing we’re put here for’s to see; The strongest thing that’s given us to see with’s a telescope. Someone in every town, seems to me, owes it to the town to keep one. – Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the orch-ard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night. – Robert Frost

A voice said, Look me in the stars And tell me truly, men of earth, If all the soul-and-body scars Were not too much to pay for birth. – Robert Frost

Hope is not found in a way out but a way through. – Robert Frost

Friends make pretence of following to the grave but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand. – Robert Frost

Nothing is quite honest that is not commercial, but not everything commercial is honest. – Robert Frost

The rose is a rose, And was always a rose. But the theory now goes That the apple’s a rose, And the pear is, and so’s The plum, I suppose. The dear only knows What will next prove a rose. You, of course, are a rose – But were always a rose. – Robert Frost

As it is more blessed to receive, so it must be more blessed to receive than to give back. – Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. – Robert Frost

God made a beauteous garden With lovely flowers strown, But one straight, narrow pathway That was not overgrown. And to this beauteous garden He brought mankind to live, And said To you, my children, These lovely flowers I give. Prune ye my vines and fig trees, With care my flowers tend, But keep the pathway open Your home is at the end. God’s Garden – Robert Frost

Education doesn’t change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard. – Robert Frost

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 first thing I do in any town I come to is ask if it has a bookstore. – Robert Frost

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

Two such as you with such a master speed, cannot be parted nor be swept away, from one another once you are agreed, that life is only life forevermore, together wing to wing and oar to oar. – Robert Frost

The only way around is through. – Robert Frost

Anything more than the truth would have seemed too weak. – Robert Frost

It was far in the sameness of the wood; I was running with joy on the Demon’s trail, Though I knew what I hunted was no true god. – Robert Frost

What is done is done for the love of it- or not really done at all. – Robert Frost

You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. – Robert Frost

Of all crimes the worst Is to steal the glory From the great and brave, Even more accursed Than to rob the grave. – Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain – and back in rain. I have outwalked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. – Robert Frost

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out. – Robert Frost

The trees that have it in their pent-up budsTo darken nature and be summer woods. – Robert Frost

I still say the only education worth anything is self-education. – Robert Frost

For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn’t know I knew. I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. – Robert Frost

We disparage reason. But all the time it’s what we’re most concerned with. There’s will as motor and there’s will as brakes. Reason is, I suppose, the steering gear. – Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. – Robert Frost

An idea comes as near to something for nothing as you can get. – Robert Frost

If there is one thing in life that I have learned about life it is… it goes on. – Robert Frost

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. – Robert Frost

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep but I have promises to keep… – Robert Frost

It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. 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. – Robert Frost

Keats mourned that the rainbow, which as a boy had been for him a magic thing, had lost its glory because the physicists had found it resulted merely from the refraction of the sunlight by the raindrops. Yet knowledge of its causation could not spoil the rainbow for me. I am sure that it is not given to man to be omniscient. There will always be something left to know, something to excite the imagination of the poet and those attuned to the great world in which they live (p. 64) – Robert Frost

You’ve got to love what’s lovable, and hate what’s hateable. It takes brains to see the difference. – Robert Frost

To be social is to be forgiving. – Robert Frost

Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue? – Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside it, and there may be two or three Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough. But I am done with apple-picking now. Essence of winter sleep is on the night, The scent of apples: I am drowsing off. – Robert Frost

Our life runs down in sending up the clock. The brook runs down in sending up our life. The sun runs down in sending up the brook. And there is something sending up the sun. – Robert Frost

But strictly held by none, is loosely bound By countless silken ties of love and thought To everything on earth the compass round, And only by one’s going slightly taut In the capriciousness of summer air Is of the slightest bondage made aware. – Robert Frost

Good fences make good neighbors. – Robert Frost

hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow, Make the day seem to us less brief… Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst. – Robert Frost

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

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. – Robert Frost

It should be of the pleasure of a poem itself to tell how it can. The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same for love. – Robert Frost

Families break up when they get hints you don’t intend and miss hints that you do. – Robert Frost

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

Don’t join too many gangs. Join few if any. Join the United States and join the family- But not much in between unless a college. – Robert Frost

Out alone in the winter rain, / Intent on giving and taking pain. – Robert Frost

The truly educated can listen to any view without losing their temper or self-confidence. – Robert Frost

We can make a little order where we are, and then the big sweep of history on which we can have no effect doesn’t overwhelm us. We do it with colors, with a garden, with the furnishings of a room, or with sounds and words. We make a little form, and we gain composure. – Robert Frost

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

The land was ours before we were the land’s. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. – Robert Frost

The Vermont mountains stretch extended straight; New Hampshire mountains curl up in a coil. – Robert Frost

Meditate nothing. Learn to contemplate. Contemplate glory. There will be a light. Contemplate Truth until it burns your eyes out. – Robert Frost

Men work together, whether they work together or apart. – Robert Frost

Let cloud shapes swarm, / Let chaos storm, / I wait for form. – Robert Frost

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

Far more violence has been done in obeying the law than in breaking the law. – Robert Frost

Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting. – Robert Frost

If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane. – Robert Frost

The Master Speed No speed of wind or water rushing by but you have speed far greater. You can climb back up a stream of radiance to the sky, and back through history up the stream of time. And you were given this swiftness, not for haste nor chiefly that you may go where you will, but in the rush of everything to waste, that you may have the power of standing still– off any still or moving thing you say. Two such as you with such a master speed From one another once you are agreed that life is only life forevermore together wing to wing and oar to oar. – Robert Frost

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

Writing a poem is discovering. – Robert Frost

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

Skepticism, is that anything more than we used to mean when we said, Well, what have we here? – Robert Frost

The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some part Of a day I had rued. – Robert Frost

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

The chance is the remotest, Of its going much longer unnoticed, That I’m not keeping pace With the headlong human race – Robert Frost

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

Keep all ur troubles in ur own pocket. But, make sure that the pocket has a hole! – Robert Frost

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

We ran as if to meet the moon. – Robert Frost

That day she put our heads together, Fate had her imagination about her, Your head so much concerned with outer, Mine with inner, weather. – Robert Frost

There are tones of voices that mean more than words. – Robert Frost

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing: And now from having ridden out desire They lie closed over in the wind and cling Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire. – Robert Frost

Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense. – Robert Frost

If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom. – Robert Frost

I’m not confused. I’m just well mixed. – Robert Frost

One could do worse than be a swinger of birches. – Robert Frost

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

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. – Robert Frost

How many times it thundered before Franklin took the hint! How many apples fell on Newton’s head before he took the hint! Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint. – Robert Frost

My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane. – Robert Frost

My goal in life is to unite my avocation with my vocation, As my two eyes make one in sight. – Robert Frost

I see for Nature no defeat In one tree’s overthrow Or for myself in my retreat For yet another blow. – Robert Frost

The heart can think of no devotion Greater than being shore to the ocean- Holding the curve of one position, Counting an endless repetition. – Robert Frost

Poetry is a reaching out forward expression, an effort to find fulfillment – Robert Frost

Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves. – Robert Frost

We get twitted now and then on how we made this country. Well, we took the whole business, of course. It’s not just that corner that we took from Mexico. When we got it all together, we got a very shapely country-the best continental cut in all the world, between the two oceans and in the right temperature zone. – Robert Frost

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity. – Robert Frost

We cannot tell some people what it is believe, partly because they are too stupid to understand, partly because we are too proudly vague to explain. – Robert Frost

I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power. – Robert Frost

They would not find me changed from him they knew – only more sure of all I thought was true. – Robert Frost

You’ve often heard me say – perhaps too often – that poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation. That little poem means just what it says and it says what it means, nothing less but nothing more. – Robert Frost

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

How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you? – Robert Frost

Unless I’m wrong I but obey The urge of a song: I’m-bound-away! And I may return If dissatisfied With what I learn From having died. – Robert Frost

Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so. – Robert Frost

Courage is the human virtue that counts most-courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient evidence. That’s all any of us have. – Robert Frost

Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose, unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction. – Robert Frost

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. – Robert Frost

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. – Robert Frost

It looked as if a night of dark intent was coming, and not only a night, an age. Someone had better be prepared for rage. – Robert Frost

The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week. – Robert Frost

I never knew what was meant by choice of words. It was one word or none. – Robert Frost

When I see birches bend to left and right… I like to think some boy’s been swinging them. – Robert Frost

A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows its possessor’s point of view. – Robert Frost

There is little much beyond the grave, but the strong are saying nothing until they see. – Robert Frost

You can’t get too much winter in the winter. – Robert Frost

There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies. – Robert Frost

Nor is there wanting in the press Some spirit to stand simply forth, Heroic in it nakedness, Against the uttermost of earth. The tale of earth’s unhonored things Sounds nobler there than ‘neath the sun; And the mind whirls and the heart sings, And a shout greets the daring one. – Robert Frost

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