Remember that a man is valuable in our day for what he knows and that his company will always be desired by others in exact proportion to the amount of intelligence and instruction he brings with him.
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Source Notes: Letter to his 14-year-old nephew Charlie, 11 June 1849, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997).
James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 - August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.
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