30 Greatest Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

30 Greatest Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet from the Victorian era. She was born in Durham, England in 1806 and began writing poetry from the young age of six. Some of her most famous works include Aurora Leigh and How Do I Love Thee?. She is widely considered the most influential poet of the time. She died on June 29, 1861 at the age of 55.

“A woman’s always younger than a man of equal years.”

“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.”

“And truly, I reiterate, . . nothing’s small!”

“But the child’s sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!”

“By thunders of white silence.”

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire 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.”

“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?”

“Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand. Heneforward in thy shadow. ”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways./ I love thee to the depth and breadth and height / My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight / For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.”

“How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.”

“I cannot speak in happy tones.”

“I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.”

“If thou must love me, let it be for nought ecept for love’s sake only.”

“If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.”

“Instruct thine eyes to keep their colours true, And tell thy soul, their roots are left in mine.”

“Life, struck sharp on death, Makes awful lightning.”

“Light tomorrow with today!”

“Love that endures, from life that disappears!”

“New angel mine, unhoped for in the world!”

“Since when was genius found respectable?”

“Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.”

“That all is well, when dark’ning clouds conceal the shining sun. ”

“The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a
hunk of melon in the dust.”

“The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, ‘Let no one be called happy till his death;’ to which I would add, ‘Let no one, till his death, be called unhappy.’”

“Thou large-brained woman and large-hearted man.”

“To hold together what he was and is.”

“Who so loves believes the impossible.”

“Women know the way to rear up children (to be just). They know a simple, merry, tender knack of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes, and stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words.”