Nathaniel Parker Willis

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Nathaniel Parker Willis

Nathaniel Parker Willis (January 20, 1806January 20, 1867) was an American author and editor who had worked with notable American writers including Harriet Jacobs and Edgar Allan Poe.


  • He who binds
    His soul to knowledge, steals the key of heaven.
    • Willis, The Scholar of Thibét Ben Khorat, II. Quote reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 419-23.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1919)[edit]

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • At present there is no distinction among the upper ten thousand of the city.
    • Necessity for a Promenade Drive. Compare: "I want you to see Peel, Stanley, Graham, Sheil, Russell, Macaulay, Old Joe, and soon. They are all upper-crust here." Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Sam Slick in England, 2 Chap., xxiv.; "Those families, you know, are our upper-crust,—not upper ten thousand", James Fenimore Cooper, The Ways of the Hour, chapter vi. (1850).
  • For it stirs the blood in an old man’s heart,
    And makes his pulses fly,
    To catch the thrill of a happy voice
    And the light of a pleasant eye.
    • Saturday Afternoon.
  • It is the month of June,
    The month of leaves and roses,
    When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
    And pleasant scents the noses.
    • The Month of June.
  • Let us weep in our darkness, but weep not for him!
    Not for him who, departing, leaves millions in tears!
    Not for him who has died full of honor and years!
    Not for him who ascended Fame’s ladder so high:
    From the round at the top he has stepped to the sky.
    • The Death of Harrison.
  • Wisdom sits alone
    Topmost in Heaven.
    • The Scholar of Thibet.
  • The sin forgiven by Christ in Heaven
    By man is cursed alway.
    • Unseen Spirits.

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