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Robert Browning Quotes


An English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.
(1812 - 1889)

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A minute's success pays the failure of years.
 

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?
 

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
[Ambition]
 

And gain is gain, however small.
 

Any nose may ravage with impunity a rose.
 

Autumn wins you best by this: its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay.
 

Be sure they sleep not whom God needs.
 

But there are times when patience proves at fault.
 

But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.
[Begin]
 

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
 

Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.
 

Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
 

Fair or foul the lot apportioned life on earth, we bear alike.
 

Faultless to a fault.
 

God is the perfect poet.
[Poetry]
 

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in his hands Who sayeth "a whole I plant, Youth shows but half; Trust God; see all nor be afraid."
[The Future]
 

How good is man's life, the mere living! How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!
 

I count life just a stuff to try the soul's strength on.
 

I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.
 

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.
 


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