Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

How willingly I would as a poet exchange some of this lumbering, ponderous, helpless knowledge of books for some experience of life and man. But all this grumbling is a vile thing.

Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, by reiteration chiefly.

Who so loves believes the impossible.

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

The devil’s most devilish when respectable.

He’s just, your cousin, ay, abhorrently; He’d wash his hands in blood, to keep them clean.

But the child’s sob curses deeper in the silence Than the strong man in his wrath!

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 pushes toward the intense significance Of all things, hungry for the Infinite? Art’s life, – and where we live, we suffer and toil.

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

Measure not the work Until the day’s out and the labor done.