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William Winter (author)

William Winter (July 15, 1836June 30, 1917) was an American dramatic critic and author, born in Gloucester, Mass. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1857, then chose literature as his field of endeavor, and moved to New York City (1859), where he became literary critic of the Saturday Press, then (186165) of the New York Albion, and for more than 40 years (18651909) was a drama critic of the New York Tribune.

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  • Ambition has but one reward for all:
    A little power, a little transient fame,
    A grave to rest in, and a fading name.
    • "The Queen's Domain", The Queen's Domain, and other Poems (1858).
  • Though all the bards of earth were dead,
    And all their music passed away,
    What Nature wishes should be said
    She’ll find the rightful voice to say.
    • The golden Silence, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • When will the dead world cease to dream,
    When will the morning break?
    • The Night Watch, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • White sail upon the ocean verge,
    Just crimsoned by the setting sun,
    Thou hast thy port beyond the surge,
    Thy happy homeward course to run
    And winged hope, with heart of fire,
    To gain the bliss of thy desire.
    • Arthur, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The golden time of Long Ago.
    • I. H. Bromley, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • His love was like the liberal air,—
    Embracing all, to cheer and bless;
    And every grief that mortals share
    Found pity in his tenderness.
    • I. H. Bromley, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Fierce for the right, he bore his part
    In strife with many a valiant foe;
    But Laughter winged his polished dart,
    And kindness tempered every blow.
    • I. H. Bromley, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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