Literary Birthday – 26 March – Robert Frost

Robert Frost was born 26 March 1874, and died 29 January 1963.


  1. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
  2. Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
  3. And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.
  4. Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
  5. A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
  6. Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
  7. Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
  8. 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.
  9. To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
  10. Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
  11. No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
  12. Every poem is a momentary stay against the confusion of the world.
  13. The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost was an American poet. He is one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. A selection of his work is available in The Road Not Taken and Other Poems.

Source for Image: Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 26th March 2013