Robert Frost is one of the greatest poets in American history. See below for our favourite quotes from this huge literary figure.

Life

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

The Road Not Taken

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

– Robert Frost

These Woods…

“These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
– Robert Frost

Destruction

“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

O Lord

“Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.”
– Robert Frost

Poetry

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”
– Robert Frost

Something To Say

“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

Nature

“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

Home

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

The Rain And the Wind

“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”
– Robert Frost

Forgive My Nonsense

“Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.”
– Robert Frost

Empty Spaces

“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.”
– Robert Frost

The Afternoon

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”
– Robert Frost

Acquainted With The Night

“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

Begin Over

“I’d like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
May no fate wilfully misunderstand me
And half grant what I wish and snatch me away
Not to return. Earth’s the right place for love:
I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.”
– Robert Frost

A Good Book

“A good book has no ending”
– Robert Frost

Middle Of The Road

“The middle of the road is where the white line is—and that’s the worst place to drive.”
– Robert Frost