William Wordsworth

William
Wordsworth
1770
1850

English Poet

Author Quotes

We must be free or die who speak the tongue That Shakespeare spake, the faith and morals hold Which Milton held.

Nor, perchance, if I were not thus taught, Should I the more suffer my genial spirits to decay: for thou art with me here upon the banks of this fair river; thou, my dearest Friend, My dear, dear Friend; and in thy voice I catch The language of my former heart, and read My former pleasures in the shooting lights Of thy wild eyes. Oh! yet a little while May I behold in thee what I was once, My dear, dear Sister! And this prayer I make, Knowing that Nature never did betray The heart that loved her; tis her privilege, through all the years of this our life, to lead From joy to joy: for she can so inform The mind that is within us, so impress With quietness and beauty, and so feed With lofty thoughts, that neither evil tongues, Rash judgments, nor the sneers of selfish men, Nor greetings where no kindness is, nor all The dreary intercourse of daily life, Shall e'er prevail against us, or disturb Our cheerful faith that all which we behold Is full of blessings.

O sylvan Wye! thou wanderer thro' the woods, how often has my spirit turned to thee!

One impulse from a vernal wood may teach you more of man, of moral evil and of good, than all the sages can.

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

Sensations sweet, Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart.

Society became my glittering bride.

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark and shares the nature of infinity.

The bane of all that dread the Devil.

The first cuckoo's melancholy cry.

The love of God is passionate. He pursues each of us even when we know it not.

The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon; the winds that will be howling at all hours, and are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers; for this, for everything, we are out of tune.

There is a comfort in the strength of love; 'twill make a thing endurable, which else would over-set the brain, or break the heart.

This city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent bare, ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie open unto the fields and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Thrice welcome, darling of the Spring! Even yet thou art to me no bird, but an invisible thing, a voice, a mystery.

Two Voices are there; one is of the sea, one of the mountains; each a mighty Voice.

We not only wish to be pleased, but to be pleased in that particular way in which we have been accustomed to be pleased.

Not Chaos, not the darkest pit of lowest Erebus, nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out by help of dreams --can breed such fear and awe as fall upon us often when we look into our Minds, into the Mind of Man.

Ocean is a mighty harmonist.

One in whom persuasion and belief had ripened into faith, and faith become a passionate intuition.

Plain living and high thinking are no more. The homely beauty of the good old cause is gone; our peace, our fearful innocence, And pure religion breathing household laws.

Shalt show us how divine a thing A woman may be made.

Society has parted man from man, neglectful of the universal heart.

Surprised by joy- impatient as the Wind I turned to share the transport-- Oh! with whom but thee, deep buried in the silent tomb, that spot which no vicissitude can find? Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind--but how could I forget thee? Through what power, even for the least division of an hour, have I been so beguiled as to be blind to my most grievous loss? -- That thought's return was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore, save one, one only, when I stood forlorn, knowing my heart's best treasure was no more; that neither present time, nor years unborn could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

The best of what we do and are, just God, forgive!

Author Picture
First Name
William
Last Name
Wordsworth
Birth Date
1770
Death Date
1850
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English Poet