41 Famous William Wordsworth Quotes

41 Famous William Wordsworth Quotes

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William Wordsworth was a poet from Cumberland, England. He was born in 1770 and was a prominent writer of the Romantic Age in literature. He was most known for Lyrical Ballads, The Excursion, and I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. He died on April 23, 1850 at the age of 80.

“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.”

“A mind forever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.”

“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.”

“A simple child. That lightly draws its breath. And feels its life in every limb. What should it know of death?”

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

“And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.”

“Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.”

“Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.”

“Delight and liberty, the simple creed of childhood.”

“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.”

“Faith is a passionate intuition.”

“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.”

“For oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood they flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude.”

“Free as a bird to settle where I will.”

“From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.”

“Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.”

“Habit rules the unreflecting herd.”

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

“Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.”

“Love betters what is best.”

“Nature never did betray The heart that loved her.”

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.”

“Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.”

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”

“Rest and be thankful.”

“Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.”

“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve
not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

“The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust, burn to the socket.”

“The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.”

“The mind of man is a thousand times more beautiful than the earth on which he dwells.”

“The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.”

“The noble Living and the noble Dead.”

“The ocean is a mighty harmonist.”

“What is a Poet?…He is a man speaking to men: a man, it is true, endowed with more lively sensibility, more enthusiasm and tenderness, who has a greater knowledge of human nature, and a
more comprehensive soul, than are supposed to be common among mankind; a man pleased with his own passions and volitions, and who rejoices more than other men in the spirit of life that is
in him; delighting to contemplate similar volitions and passions as manifested in the goings-on of the Universe, and habitually impelled to create them where he does not find them.”

“What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars.”

“What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.”

“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.”

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”