William Wordsworth

1770 - 1850

A Quote by William Wordsworth on learning, maturity, beauty, and growth

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

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A Quote by William Wordsworth

I listened, motionless and still; and, as I mounted up the hill, the music in my heart I bore, long after it was heard no more.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on life, kindness, and love

That best portion of a good man's life,-his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: 1000 Beautiful Things

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on soul and stars

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Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on dream, earth, light, and time

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on life, spirituality, and sublimity

Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on kindness and love

"The best portion of a good man's life:
his little,  nameless, unremembered acts of
kindness and love."

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on fear, apprehension, questions, cruel, and hateful

My apprehensions come in crowds;/ I dread the rustling of the grass;/ The very shadows of the crowds/ Have power to shake me as they pass:/ I question things and do not find/ One that will answer to my mind;/ And all the world appears unkind.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

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A Quote by William Wordsworth

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.  Little we see in nature that is ours.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on happy, warrior, pain, compassionate, sacrifice, and wordsworth

It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought
Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought
Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought:
Whose high endeavours are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright:
Who, with a natural instinct to discern
What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn;
Abides by this resolve, and stops not there,
But makes his moral being his prime care;
Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,
And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!
Turns his necessity to glorious gain;
In face of these doth exercise a power
Which is our human nature's highest dower;
Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
Of their bad influence, and their good receives:
By objects, which might force the soul to abate
Her feeling, rendered more compassionate;
Is placable--because occasions rise
So often that demand such sacrifice;
More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,
As tempted more; more able to endure,
As more exposed to suffering and distress;
Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Character of the Happy Warrior

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