Anna Brownell Jameson Quotes | Quotes by Anna Brownell Jameson

1the distinction between talent and genius is definite. Talent combines and uses; genius combines and creates.

2Never yet were the feelings and instincts of our nature violated with impunity; never yet was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution.

3Of how many women might the history be comprised in those few words - 'she lived, suffered, and was buried'!

4Opinion has ever been stronger than law.

5A king or a prince becomes by accident a part of history. A poet or an artist becomes by nature and necessity a part of universal humanity.

6Modesty and chastity are twins

7I have much more confidence in the charity which begins in the home and diverges into a large humanity, than in the world-wide philanthropy which begins at the outside of our horizon to converge into egotism.

8Talk without truth is the hollow brass; talk without love is like the tinkling cymbal, and when it does not tinkle it jingles, and when it does not jingle, it jars.

9I do not like new things of any kind, not even a new gown, far less a new acquaintance, therefore make as few as possible; one can but have one's heart and hands full, and mine are. I have love and work enough to last me the rest of my life.

10Satan--the impersonation of that mixture of the bestial, the malignant, the impious, and the hopeless, which constitute the fiend--the enemy of all that is human and divine.

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11A good taste in art feels the presence or the absence of merit; a just taste discriminates the degree--the poco piu and the poco meno. A good taste rejects faults; a just taste selects excellences. A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious. A good taste may be lowered or spoilt; a just taste can only go on refining more and more.

12If a superior woman marry a vulgar or inferior man, he makes her miserable, but seldom governs her mind or vulgarizes her nature; and if there be love on his side, the chances are that in the end she will elevate and refine him.

13Reputation being essentially contemporaneous, is always at the mercy of the Envious and the Ignorant. But Fame, whose very birth is posthumous, and which is only known to exist by the echo of its footsteps through congenial minds, can neither be increased nor diminished by any degree of wilfulness.

14Work in some form or other is the appointed lot of all.

15What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of mind, for the moment realizes itself.

16The true purpose of education is to cherish and unfold the seed of immortality already sown within us.

17As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death.

18A good taste is often unconscious; a just taste is always conscious.

19All government, all exercise of power, no matter in what form, which is not based in love and directed by knowledge, is a tyranny.

20A cunning mind emphatically delights in its own cunning, and is the ready prey of cunning.

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21A Canadian settler hates a tree, regards it as his natural enemy, as something to be destroyed, eradicated, annihilated by all and any means.

22When we talk of leaving our childhood behind us, we might as well say that the river flowing onward to the sea had left the fountain behind.

23In every mind where there is a strong tendency to fear there is a strong capacity to hate. Those who dwell in fear dwell nest door to hate; and I think it is the cowardice of women which makes them such intense haters.

24Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.

25Conflict, which rouses up the best and highest powers in some characters, in others not only jars the whole being, but paralyzes the faculties.

26Out of the attempt to harmonize our actual life with our aspirations, our experience with our faith, we make poetry, - or, it may be, religion.

27Lavater told Goethe that on a certain occasion when he held the velvet bag in the church as collector of the offerings, he tried to observe only the hands; and he satisfied himself that in every individual the shape of the hand and of the fingers, the action and sentiment in dropping the gift into the bag, were distinctly different and individually characteristic.

28There are no such self-deceivers as those who think they reason when they only feel.

29Accuracy of language is one of the bulwarks of truth.

30Blessed is the memory of those who have kept themselves unspotted from the world. Yet more blessed and more dear the memory of those who have kept themselves unspotted in the world.

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31If we can still love those who have made us suffer, we love them all the more.

32The streams which would otherwise diverge to fertilize a thousand meadows, must be directed into one deep narrow channel before they can turn a mill.

33To reason from analogy is often dangerous, but to illustrate by a fanciful analogy is sometimes a means by which we light an idea, as it were, into the understanding of another.

34Nature and truth are one, and immutable, and inseparable as beauty and love.

35Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty.

36To some characters, fame is like an intoxicating cup placed to the lips,--they do well to turn away from it who fear it will turn their heads. But to others fame is "love disguised," the love that answers to love in its widest, most exalted sense.

37All my own experience of life teaches me the contempt of cunning, not the fear. The phrase "profound cunning," has always seemed to me a contradiction in terms. I never knew a cunning mind which was not either shallow, or on some point diseased.

38Occupation was one of the pleasures of paradise, and we cannot be happy without it.

39whatever is morally wrong, is equally wrong in man and in woman and no virtue is to be cultivated in one sex, that is not equally required by the other.

40Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords-philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.

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41As what we call genius arises out of the disproportionate power and size of a certain faculty, so the great difficulty lies in harmonizing with it the rest of the character.

42As the rolling stone gathers no moss, so the roving heart gathers no affections.

43It is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse--the keeping up a hollow show that must soon come to an end. Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting.

44We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love.

45Nature is boundless in her powers, exhausting in her variety: the powers of Art and its capabilities of variety in production are bounded on every side. Nature herself, the infinite, has circumscribed the bounds of finite Art. The one is the divinity; the other the priestess.

46Chill penury weighs down the heart itself; and though it sometimes be endured with calmness, it is but the calmness of despair.

47Genius and sunshine have this in common that they are the two most precious gifts of heaven to earth, and are dispensed equally to the just and the unjust.

48As the eye becomes blinded by fashion to positive deformity, so, through social conventionalism, the conscience becomes blinded to positive immorality.

49Social opinion is like a sharp knife. There are foolish people who regard it only with terror, and dare not touch or meddle with it. There are more foolish people, who, in rashness or defiance, seize it by the blade, and get cut and mangled for their pains. And there are wise people, who grasp it discreetly and boldly by the handle, and use it to carve out their own purposes.

50In the art of design, color is to form what verse is to prose,--a more harmonious and luminous vehicle of the thought.

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51I have great admiration for power, a great terror of weakness, especially in my own sex, yet feel that my love is for those who overcome the mental and moral suffering and temptation through excess of tenderness rather than through excess of strength.

52Even virtue itself, all perfect as it is, requires to be inspirited by passion; for duties are but coldly performed which are but philosophically fulfilled.

53Where the vivacity of the intellect and the strength of the passions exceed the development of the moral faculties the character is likely to be embittered or corrupted by extremes, either of adversity or prosperity.

54In our relations with the people around us, we forgive them more readily for what they do, which they can help, than for what they are, which they cannot help.

55How often we have had cause to regret that the histrionic art, of all the fine arts the most intense in its immediate effect, should be, of all others, the most transient in its result! - and the only memorials it can leave behind, at best, so imperfect and so unsatisfactory!

56The moment in which the spirit meets death is perhaps like the moment in which it is embraced in sleep. I suppose it never happened to any one to be conscious of the immediate transition from the waking to the sleeping state.

57The moment one begins to solder right and wrong together, one's conscience becomes like a piece of plated goods.

58Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.

59Have the courage to appear poor and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting.

60You must never believe what the newspapers say. I stand aghast at the impudence of the lies they contain, things not only false in fact, but absolutely impossible.