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101 Famous Quotes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
3/6/1806 - 6/29/1861
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Books, books, books! I had found the secret of a garret room Piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large,--where, creeping in and out Among the giant fossils of my past, Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there At this or that box, pulling through the gap, In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, The first book first. And how I felt it beat Under my pillow, in the morning's dark, An hour before the sun would let me read! My books! At last, because the time was ripe, I chanced upon the poets.

Books Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. I, l. 830)

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The world goes whispering to its own, "This anguish pierces to the bone;" And tender friends go sighing round, "What love can ever cure this wound?" My days go on, my days go on.

Despair Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: De Profundis (st. 5)

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I worked with patience which means almost power.

Patience Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 205)

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And I must bear What is ordained with patience, being aware Necessity doth front the universe With an invincible gesture.

Patience Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Prometheus Bound

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For poets (bear the word) Half-poets even, are still whole democrats.

Democracy Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. 4)

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By the way, The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull out sight, Producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, To put on when you're weary--or a stool To tumble over and vex you . . . curse that stool! Or else at best, a cushion where you lean And sleep, and dream of something we are not, But would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this . . . that, after all, we are paid The worth of our work, perhaps.

Work Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. I, l. 465)

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Let no one till his death Be called unhappy. Measure not the work Until the day's out and the labour done.

Work Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. V, l. 78)

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Free men freely work: Whoever fears God, fears to sit at ease.

Work Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. VIII, l. 784)

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Every wish Is like a prayer--with God.

Prayer Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. II)

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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 't.

Prayer Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. II)

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Life treads on life, and heart on heart; We press too close in church and mart To keep a dream or grave apart.

Destiny Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: A Vision of Poets (conclusion)

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You forget too much That every creature, female as the male, Stands single in responsible act and thought As also in birth and death.

Women Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. II, l. 472)

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A worthless woman! mere cold clay As all false things are! but so fair, She takes the breath of men away Who gaze upon her unaware: I would not play her larcenous tricks To have her looks!

Women Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Bianca among the Nightingales (st. 12)

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How he sleepeth! having drunken Weary childhood's mandragore, From his pretty eyes have sunken Pleasures to make room for more-- Sleeping near the withered nosegay which he pulled the day before.

Sleep Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: A Child Asleep

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Of all the thoughts of God that are Borne inward unto souls afar, Along the Psalmist's music deep, Now tell me if that any is. For gift or grace, surpassing this-- "He giveth His beloved sleep."

Sleep Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: The Sleep

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Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

Sleep Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Sleeping and Watching

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Yet half the beast is the great god Pan, To laugh, as he sits by the river, Making a poet out of a man. The true gods sigh for the cost and the pain-- For the reed that grows never more again As a reed with the reeds of the river.

Music Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: A Musical Instrument

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Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Autumn Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. VII)

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Speak low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low, Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so Who art not missed by any that entreat.

Religion Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Comfort

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Capacity for joy Admits temptation.

Joy Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. I, l. 703)

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And there my little doves did sit With feathers softly brown And glittering eyes that showed their right To general Nature's deep delight.

Doves Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: My Doves

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The music soars within the little lark, And the lark soars.

Larks Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 155)

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The large white owl that with eye is blind, That hath sate for years in the old tree hollow, Is carried away in a gust of wind.

Owls Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Isobel's Child (st. 19)

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How joyously the young sea-mew Lay dreaming on the waters blue, Whereon our little bark had thrown A little shade, the only one; But shadows ever man pursue.

Sea birds Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: The Sea-Mew

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The place is all awave with trees, Limes, myrtles, purple-beaded, Acacias having drunk the lees Of the night-dew, fain headed, And wan, grey olive-woods, which seem The fittest foliage for a dream.

Trees Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: An Island

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