Scrapings of the Brain Pan: Favorite Robert Frost Journal Notes and Quotes

Robert Frost

I copied down a few “lessor known” morsels of Robert Frost’s brain dribble (or as he called it, “Scrapings of the Brain Pan”) from one of his published journals a few years ago and it happened across my desk this week as I moved little slips of paper from pile to pile. The little things people say; the quirks that make up their habits and character, are interesting, to say the least. Here below is some brain candy for your Thursday…

Spelling is approximate.

Anything you may say, you will have heard before.

The great ruler is one in whom the general trust in law and order becomes a delight in law and order.

We talk as if society could be saved by this or that government policy, but every society is short-lived.

The whippoorwill wasn’t saying much – though present.

It’s not long life that anyone would object to, but long death.

Purposeful lifelike, concrete {metaphoric}, practical voluntary, heroic – such must school work be if it is to engage the spirit.

The first generosity: not to spare in giving birth. The others follow.

All these quotes are Robert Frost in rare, unfettered, raw form. I love to be a fly on the wall in some poet’s scribbling notebook, don’t you?

Of course… his poetry was amazing, too… but you knew that already.

Miles to Go

And another quote just as a reward for stopping by today:

In the end, you’ll know which people really love you. They’re the ones who see you for who you are and no matter what, always find a way to be at your side. ~ Randy K Milholland