Edgar Lee Masters, American Poet ( August 23, 1868 - March 5, 1950 )

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To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.~Edgar Lee Masters

Life Sea End

Those who first oppose a good work, seize it and make it their own, when the cornerstone is laid and memorial tablets are erected.~Edgar Lee Masters

Work Good Good Work

Beware of the man who rises to power from one suspender.~Edgar Lee Masters

Power Man Beware

How shall the soul of a man be larger than the life he has lived?~Edgar Lee Masters

Life Man Soul

Immortality is not a gift, Immortality is an achievement; And only those who strive mightily Shall possess it.~Edgar Lee Masters

Achievement Gift Strive