James Jeffrey Roche

American journalist (1847-1908)

James Jeffrey Roche (31 May 1847, Mountmellick, Queen's County, Ireland – 3 April 1908, Berne, Switzerland) was an Irish-American poet, journalist and diplomat, Editor of the Boston Pilot and Helped put Teddy Roosevelt in to office. James's Father Edward Roche was one of the Greatest Mathematical Men of his time in P.E.I. who saw to the education of James Jeffrey , James's son Arther Somers Roche also a Great Author.

James Jeffrey Roche in 1889


  • The net of law is spread so wide,
    No sinner from its sweep may hide.
    Its meshes are so fine and strong
    They take in every child of wrong.
    O wondrous web of mystery !
    Big fish alone escape from thee !
    • "The Net Of Law", The V-A-S-E & Other Bric-a-Brac (published by Richard G. Badger Company, Boston, 1900)

  • A brave endeavor
    To do thy duty, whate'er its worth,
    Is better than life with love forever
    And love is the sweetest thing on earth.
    • Sir Hugo's Choice, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

  • The love of man and woman is as fire
    To warm, to light, but surely to consume
    And self-consuming die…
    But comrade-love is as a welding blast
    Of candid flame and ardent temperature:
    Glowing more fervent, it doth bind more fast;
    And melting both but makes the union sure.
    The dross alone is burnt—till at the last
    The steel, if cold, is one and strong and pure.
    • My Comrade, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

  • I 'd rather be handsome than homely;
    I 'd rather be youthful than old;
    If I can't have a bushel of silver
    I'll do with a barrel of gold.
    • Contentment, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

  • All loved Art in a seemly way
    With an earnest soul and a capital A.
    • The V-a-s-e, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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