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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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I was betrothed that day; I wore a troth kiss on my lips I could not give away.

Kisses Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Lay of the Brown Rosary (pt. II)

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First time he kiss'd me, he but only kiss'd The fingers of this hand wherewith I write; And ever since it grew more clean and white.

Kisses Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Sonnets from the Portuguese (sonnet XXXVIII)

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And friends, dear friends,--when it shall be That this low breath is gone from me, And gone my bier ye come to weep, Let One, most loving of you all, Say, "Not a tear must o'er her fall; He giveth His beloved sleep."

Tears Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: The Sleep (st. 9)

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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; Which things are corals to cut life upon, Although such trifles.

Childhood Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. I, l. 48)

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Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers, Ere the sorrow comes with years? They are leaning their young heads against their mothers, And that cannot stop their tears.

Childhood Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: The Cry of the Children

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That headlong ivy! not a leaf will grow But thinking of a wreath, . . . I like such ivy; bold to leap a height 'Twas strong to climb! as good to grow on graves As twist about a thyrsus; pretty too (And that's not ill) when twisted round a comb.

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

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O, brothers! let us leave the shame and sin Of taking vainly in a plaintive mood, The holy name of Grief--holy herein, That, by the grief of One, came all our good.

Grief Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Sonnets--Exaggeration

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Thank God, bless God, all ye who suffer not More grief than ye can weep for. That is well-- That is light grieving!

Grief Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Tears

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World's use is cold, world's love is vain, World's cruelty is bitter bane; But pain is not the fruit of pain.

Pain Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: A Vision of Poets (st. 146)

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Pray, pray, thou who also weepest,-- And the drops will slacken so; Weep, weep--and the watch thou keepest, With a quicker count will go. Think,--the shadow on the dial For the nature most undone, Marks the passing of the trial, Proves the presence of the sun.

Trials Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning , Source: Fourfold Aspect

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You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

Romance Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only. Do not say, I love her for her smile . . . her look . . . her way Of speaking gently . . . for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and, certes, brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day- For these things in themselves, Beloved, may be changed, or change for thee- and love so wrought, May be unwrought so.

Romance Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

Love Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Who so loves believes the impossible.

Love Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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A woman's always younger than a man of equal years.

The sexes Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.

Unhappiness Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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The devil's most devilish when respectable.

Devil Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.

Grammar Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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The man, most man, works best for men: and, if most man indeed, he gets his manhood plainest from his soul.

Men Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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The devil's most devilish when respectable.

Respect Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Light tomorrow with today.

Tomorrow Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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He, in his developed manhood, stood, a little sunburn by the glare of life.

World Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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"There is no God," the foolish saith, But none, "There is no sorrow." And nature oft the cry of faith In bitter need will borrow: Eyes which the preacher could not school, By wayside graves are raised; And lips say, "God be pitiful," Who ne'er said, "God be praised.".

Christianity Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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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. I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, -I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

Love Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

Love Quotes, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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