John Greenleaf Whittier Quote
‘‘The Barefoot Boy’’ l. 1 (1856)
“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.”
―John Greenleaf Whittier
As quoted in: How to Achieve Total Success, Profit Ideas, 1983 - ISBN: 9780940398078
Poems of Nature, Poems Subjective and Reminiscent and Religious Poems, Complete Volume II., the Works of Whittier - ISBN: 9783842496316
My Birthday'', reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare Browning, Pippa Passes.
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJohn Greenleaf Whittier
Born: December 17, 1807
Died: September 7, 1892 (aged 84)
Occupation: Poet, editor
Bio: John Greenleaf Whittier was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.