61 "Robert Browning" Quotes And Sayings

Robert Browning was born in 1812 in the village of Bisto, near Norwich. He soon moved to London, where he attended school, studied law, and began his literary career. He spent 24 years as a lawyer, but his work earned him little money, so he turned to writing. Browning received good reviews for his early poetry, but only his comic opera "Porphyria's Lover" found any measure of success Read more

His first major poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," was published in 1842 and became his most popular work. It was later selected for inclusion in the collection "Men and Women". Browning's other poems, for the most part, were slight attempts at versifying imitations of Romantic poets like Coleridge and Wordsworth.

Browning continued to receive critical praise for his verse throughout his life; however, he never gained widespread popularity. He died on September 7, 1894 at age 74.

How sad and bad and mad it was - but...
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How sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet Robert Browning
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or...
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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for? Robert Browning
My sun sets to rise again.
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My sun sets to rise again. Robert Browning
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There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness;....and, to know, rather consists in opening out a way where the imprisoned splendor may escape, then in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without. Robert Browning
Love is the energy of life.
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Love is the energy of life. Robert Browning
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
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Take away love and our earth is a tomb. Robert Browning
What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew
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What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew Robert Browning
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The rain set early in tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake, It tore the elm-tops down for spite, And did its best to vex the lake: I listened with heart fit to break. When glided in Porphyria; straight She shut the cold out and the storm, And kneeled and made the cheerless grate Blaze up and all the cottage warm; Robert Browning
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Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character Robert Browning
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Days decrease, / And autumn grows, autumn in everything. Robert Browning
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Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once. Robert Browning
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In this world, who can do a thing, will not; And who would do it, cannot, I perceive: Yet the will's somewhat – somewhat, too, the power –And thus we half-men struggle. Robert Browning
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A lion may die of an ass's kick. Robert Browning
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The power of the night, the press of the storm, the post of the foe; where he stands, the Arch Fear in a visible form, yet, the strong man must go. Robert Browning
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Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made ... Robert Browning
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A minute’s success pays the failure of years. Robert Browning
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I was made and meant to look for you and wait for you and become yours forever. Robert Browning
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The gray sea and the long black land; And the yellow half-moon large and low: And the startled little waves that leap In fiery ringlets from their sleep, As I gain the cove with pushing prow, And quench its speed i’ the slushy sand. Robert Browning
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Without love, our earth is a tomb Robert Browning
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Blot out his name, then, record one lost soul more,    One task more declined, one more footpath untrod, One more devils’-triumph and sorrow for angels,    One wrong more to man, one more insult to God! Robert Browning