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101 Famous Quotes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
3/6/1806 - 6/29/1861
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Elizabeth Browning     Browning, Elizabeth Barrett     Elizabeth B. Browning
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A white rosebud for a guerdon.

Roses Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Romance of the Swan's Nest

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God keeps a niche In Heaven, to hold our idols; and albeit He brake them to our faces, and denied That our close kisses should impair their white,-- I know we shall behold them raised, complete, The dust swept from their beauty, glorified, New Memnons singing in the great God-light.

Heaven Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Sonnet--Futurity with the Departed

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What is art But life upon the larger scale, the higher, When, graduating up in a spiral line Of still expanding and ascending gyres, It pushed toward the intense significance Of all things, hungry for the Infinite? Art's life--and where we live, we suffer and toil.

Progress Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. IV, l. 1,150)

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In this bad, twisted, topsy-turvy world, Where all the heaviest wrongs get uppermost.

World Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. V, l. 981)

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There, Shakespeare, on whose forehead climb The crowns o' the world. Oh, eyes sublime With tears and laughter for all time.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: A Vision of Poets

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The soul's Rialto hath its merchandise, I barter for curl upon that mart.

Business Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Sonnets from the Portuguese (XIX)

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"There's nothing great Nor small," has said a poet of our day, Whose voice will ring beyond the curfew of eve And not be thrown out by the matin's bell.

Poets Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. VII), probably referring to Emerson's "Epigram to History", "There is no great and

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O brave poets, keep back nothing; Nor mix falsehood with the whole! Look up Godward! speak the truth in Worthy song from earnest soul! Hold, in high poetic duty, Truest Truth the fairest Beauty.

Poets Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Dead Pan (st. 39)

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God's prophets of the Beautiful, These Poets were.

Poets Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Vision of Poets (l. 161)

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And lilies are still lilies, pulled By smutty hands, though spotted from their white.

Flowers Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. III)

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Brazen helm of daffodillies, With a glitter toward the light. Purple violets for the mouth, Breathing perfumes west and south; And a sword of flashing lilies, Holden ready for the fight.

Flowers Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Hector in the Garden

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Ah, ah, Cytherea! Adonis is dead. She wept tear after tear, with the blood which was shed,-- And both turned into flowers for the earth's garden-close; Her tears, to the wind-flower,--his blood, to the rose.

Flowers Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Lament for Adonis (st. 6)

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The flower-girl's prayer to buy roses and pinks, Held out in the smoke, like stars by day.

Flowers Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: The Soul's Travelling

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Yet here's eglantine, Here's ivy!--take them as I used to do Thy flowers, and keep them where they shall not pine. Instruct thine eyes to keep their colours true, And tell thy soul their roots are left in mine.

Flowers Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Trans. from the Portuguese (XLIV)

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There's not a crime But takes its proper change out still in crime If once rung on the counter of this world.

Crime Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 870)

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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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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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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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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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