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Quotations from Elizabeth Barrett Browning

1808-1861

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

The Cry of the Children, stanza 13

Colours seen by candle-light,
Will not look the same by day.

The Lady's 'Yes'

Experience, like a pale musician, holds
A dulcimer of patience in his hand.

Perplexed Music

For 'tis not in mere death that men die most.

Aurora Leigh, book 3 (1857)

How many desolate creatures on the earth
Have learnt the simple dues of fellowship
And social comfort, in a hospital.

Aurora Leigh, book 3 (1857)

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.

Grief

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

Aurora Leigh, book 5 (1857)

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

Aurora Leigh, book 6 (1857)

Since when was genius found respectable?

Aurora Leigh, book 6 (1857)

The world's male chivalry has perished out,
But women are knights-errant to the last;
And, if Cervantes had been greater still,
He had made his Don a Donna.

Aurora Leigh, book 7 (1857)

What is genius--but the power of expressing a new individuality?

Letter to Mary Russell Mitford (January 14, 1843)

Whoso loves
Believes the impossible.

Aurora Leigh, book. 5 (1857)



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