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Elizabeth Barrett Browning quotes (30)

A woman is always younger than a man at equal years.
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An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all.
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And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.
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At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
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But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
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Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees takes off his shoes.
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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.
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For tis not in mere death that men die most.
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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?
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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 it.
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God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.
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He lives most life whoever breathes most air.
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He said true things, but called them by wrong names.
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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
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How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.
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I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
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If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love's sake only.
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If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.
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Light tomorrow with today!
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My sun sets to raise again.
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Since when was genius found respectable?
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Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
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Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished.
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The beautiful seems right by force of beauty and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
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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.'
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What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
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What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
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Who so loves believes the impossible.
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World's use is cold, world's love is vain, world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.
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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.
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