Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(1806-1861) English Poet
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The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
A good neighbor sometimes cuts your morning up to mince-meat of the very smallest talk, then helps to sugar her bohea at night with your reputation.
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Experience, like a pale musician, holds a dulcimer of patience in his hand.
For 'Tis not in mere death that men die most.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. 'Sing,' says he, 'and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect.'
I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.
If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.
Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
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.'
This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.
What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?