Alfred Lord Tennyson Quotes | Quotes by Alfred Lord Tennyson

1My mind is clouded with a doubt.

2God's finger touched him, and he slept.

3Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.

4Love will conquer at the last.

5From yon blue heaven above us bent, The grand old gardener and his wife Smile at the claims of long descent.

6So dear a life your arms enfold, Whose crying is a cry for gold.

7Things seen are mightier than things heard.

8The city is built To music, therefore never built at all, And therefore built forever.

9We are self-uncertain creatures, and we may Yea, even when we know not, mix our spites And private hates with our defence of Heaven.

10Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell when I embark.

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11. . . More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of. Wherefore let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheeps or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Not only for themselves but for those who call them friend? For so this whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.

12And men, whose reason long was blind, From cells of madness unconfined, Oft lose whole years of darker mind.

13Science grows and Beauty dwindles.

14This round of green, this orb of flame, Fantastic beauty; such as lurks In some wild poet, when he works Without a conscience or an aim.

15We are all a part of every person we have ever met.

16...and our spirits rushed together at the touching of the lips.

17Yonder cloud That rises upward always higher, And onward drags a laboring breast, And topples round the dreary west, A looming bastion fringed with fire.

18Evolution ever climbing after some ideal good, And Reversion ever dragging Evolution in the mud.

19To love one maiden only, cleave to her, And worship her by years of noble deeds, Until they won her; for indeed I knew Of no more subtle master under heaven Than is the maiden passion for a maid, Not only to keep down the base in man, But teach high thought, and aimable words And courtliness, and the desire of fame, And love of truth, and all that makes man.

20I hold it truth, with him who sings To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things.

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21Men may come and men may go but I go on forever.

22Weeded and worn the ancient thatch Upon the lonely moated grange.

23Old men must die, or the world would grow mouldy, would only breed the past again.

24God and Nature met in light.

25A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.

26Thou madest man, he knows not why, he thinks he was not made to die.

27She sleeps: her breathings are not heard In palace chambers far apart. The fragrant tresses are not stirr'd That lie upon her charmed heart She sleeps: on either hand upswells The gold-fringed pillow lightly prest: She sleeps, nor dreams, but ever dwells A perfect form in perfect rest.

28Our echoes roll from soul to soul, And grow for ever and for ever.

29I waited for the train at Coventry; I hung with grooms and porters on the bridge, To watch the three tall spires; and there I shaped The city's ancient legend into this.

30I am a part of all that I have met.

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31A simple maiden in her flower, Is worth a hundred coats of arms.

32France had shown a light to all men, preached a Gospel, all men's good; Celtic Demos rose a Demon, shriek'd and slaked the light with blood.

33I come from haunts of coot and hern, I make a sudden sally And sparkle out among the fern, To bicker down a valley.

34Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of: Wherefore, let they voice, Rise like a fountain for me night and day.

35Nor is it wiser to weep a true occasion lost, but trim our sails, and let old bygones be.

36Launch your vessel, And crowd your canvas, And, ere it vanishes Over the margin, After it, follow it, FollowThe Gleam.

37For this is England's greatest son, He that gain'd a hundred fights, And never lost an English gun.

38If Nature put not forth her power About the opening of the flower, Who is it that could live an hour?

39You may tell me that my hand and foot are only imaginary symbols of my existence. I could believe you, but you never, never can convince me that the I is not an eternal reality, and that the spiritual is not the true and real part of me.

40But what am I? An infant crying in the night: An infant crying for the light: And with no language but a cry.

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41So now I have sworn to bury All this dead body of hate I feel so free and so clear By the loss of that dead weight

42God made thee good as thou art beautiful.

43Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore, And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.

44Our wills are ours, we know not how; Our wills are ours, to make them thine.

45This world was once a fluid haze of light, Till toward the centre set the starry tides, And eddied into suns, that wheeling cast The planets: then the monster, then the man.

46Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt, And cling to faith beyond the forms of faith; She reels not at the storm of warring words; She brightens at the clash of "Yes" and "No"; She sees the best that glimmers through the worst; She feels the sun is hid for the night; She spies the summer through the winter bud; She tastes the fruit before the blossom falls; She hears the lark within the songless egg; She finds the fountain where they wailed "Mirage!"

47He that wrongs a friend Wrongs himself more, and ever bears about A silent court of justice in his breast, Himself the judge and jury, and himself The prisoner at the bar ever condemned.

48There's no glory like those who save their country.

49I will take some savage woman, she shall rear my dusky race.

50I will be deafer than the blue-eyed cat, And thrice as blind as any noonday owl, To holy virgins in their ecstasies.

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51The golden guess is morning-star to the full round of truth.

52Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

53Ah, Christ, that it were possible, For one short hour to see The souls we loved, that they might tell us What and where they be.

54A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.

55And what delights can equal those That stir the spirit's inner deeps, When one that loves but knows not, reaps A truth from one that loves and knows?

56By shaping some august decree, Which kept her throne unshaken still, Broad-based upon her people's will, And compass'd by the inviolate sea.

57Music that gentlier on the spirit lies, Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.

58God gives us love! Something to love He lends us; but when love is grown To ripeness, that on which it throve Falls off, and love is left alone: This is the curse of time.

59Woman is the lesser man.

60What are men better than sheep or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friend?