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William Wordsworth Quotes


A major English poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, launched the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 publication of Lyrical Ballads.
(1770 - 1850)

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A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays And confident tomorrows.
 

A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.
 

All men feel something of an honorable bigotry for the objects which have long continued to please them.
 

As high as we have mounted in delight, in our dejection do we sing as low.
 

But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night, shall lead thee to thy grave.
 

By all means sometimes be alone; salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear; dare to look in thy chest, and tumble up and down what thou findest there.
 

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
[Nature]
 

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.
[Writers And Writing]
 

Faith is a passionate intuition.
[Faith]
 

Fear is a cloak which old men huddle about their love, as if to keep it warm.
 

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
 

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.
 

From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.
[Guilt]
 

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.
 

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.
[Sports]
 

Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
[Children]
 

How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.
 

I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
 

I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more.
 

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
[Business]
 


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