Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes and Sayings

Parting is all we know of Heaven

And all we need of hell.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes
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Light tomorrow with today!

My sun sets to raise again.

You're something between a dream and a miracle.

All actual heroes are essential men,
And all men possible heroes.


An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all.

And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes on Love

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Beloved, let us live so well our work shall still be better for our love, and still our love be sweeter for our work

Quick-loving hearts ... may quickly loathe.

I love thee to the level of everyday's most quiet need, by sun and candlelight ..I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life.

Two human loves make one divine

Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith

Love me sweet
With all thou art
Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me in the Lightest part,
Love me in full Being


Who so loves, believes the impossible.

First time he kissed me, he but only kissed The fingers of this hand wherewith I write; And, ever since, it grew more clean and white.

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you

You were made perfectly to be loved - and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished.

What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.

If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love's sake only.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes about God and Faith

If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.

God keeps a niche In Heaven, to hold our idols; and albeit He brake them to our faces, and denied That our close kisses should impair their white,-- I know we shall behold them raised, complete, The dust swept from their beauty, glorified, New Memnon's singing in the great God-light.

Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees takes off his shoes.

Some people always sigh in thanking God
In the pleasant orchard closes,
`God bless all our gains', say we;
But `May God bless all our losses'
Better suits with our degree.
And lips say God be pitiful, who never said, God be praised.

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in it.

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.

Parting is all we know of heaven
And all we need of hell.

Other Great Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

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

Since when was genius found respectable?

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play


But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!

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.

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

Why, what is to live? Not to eat and drink and breathe,—but to feel the life in you down all the fibers of being, passionately and joyfully

I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung
A shadow across me.


Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.

For tis not in mere death that men die most.

Happy are all free peoples, too strong to be dispossessed. But blessed are those among nations who dare to be strong for the rest!

A woman is always younger than a man at equal years.

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless

Eyes of gentianales azure, staring, winking at the skies

The devil's most devilish when respectable.

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