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Quotes By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Nationality
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DOB
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6-03-1806
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29-06-1861

True, that this adroit poet is best remembered for ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ as well as her romantic relationship with husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning, but there is more to this exceptional writer.

  • A professional poet who was popular even before her marriage to Browning, Elizabeth was an avid social rights activists. Through her writing she condemned heinous practices such as slavery (despite her father showing his dissent). She even wrote to John Ruskin, an art critic during her time, “I belong to a family of West Indian slaveholders, and if I believed in curses, I should be afraid”.
  • She protested against child labor through the poem, ‘The Cry of the Children’. Incidentally, as we know from the books by Charles Dickens, child labor was the norm of the day in British society.
  • Once again, the importance of women was rarely acknowledged in the Victorian era, and her work, ‘Aurora Leigh’ advocated equal rights of the fairer sex, especially in the professional field.
  • Poetry aside, her prose was so impeccable that revered American writers, Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickenson were inspired by her works. In fact, Poe observed of Elizabeth’s works in the Broadway Journal, “her poetic inspiration is the highest—we can conceive of nothing more august. Her sense of Art is pure in itself.” As an acknowledgement of the praise, Barrett applauded Poe’s ‘The Raven’, which he in turn dedicated to her.

The man, most man, works best for men: and, if most man indeed, he gets his manhood plainest from his soul.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

He lives most life whoever breathes most air.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

He said true things, but called them by wrong names.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

- Selected Poems , Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And a breastplate made of daisies, Closely fitting, leaf on leaf, Periwinkles interlaced Drawn for belt about the waist; While the brown bees, humming praises, Shot their arrows round the chief.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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