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Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes


An English poet and the wife of fellow poet Robert Browning.
(1806 - 1861)

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"Yes," I answered you last night; "No," this morning, sir, I say: Colors seen by candle-light Will not look the same by day.
 

A woman is always younger than a man at equal years.
[Self Confidence]
 

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all.
 

And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.
[One Day]
 

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
 

Best be yourself, imperial, plain, and true!
[Self Acceptance]
 

But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
 

Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers?
[Childhood]
 

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
[Change]
 

Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees takes off his shoes.
[Nature]
 

Eternity stands always fronting God; a stern colossal image, with blind eyes, and grand dim lips, that murmur evermore, "God - God - God!"
 

Every wish is like a prayer with God.
 

First time he kissed me, he but only kissed The fingers of this hand wherewith I write; And, ever since, it grew more clean and white.
 

For tis not in mere death that men die most.
 

Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all. What then? Who's sorry for a gnat or girl?
 

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in it.
[Prayer]
 

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
 

God's in His Heaven - All's right with the world!
[Glory]
 

Good, to forgive; Best, to forget.
[Forgiveness]
 

He lives most life whoever breathes most air.
 


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