Robert Browning Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 The Inn Album, 1875
1. Womanliness means only motherhood; All love begins and ends there…
#2 Fra Lippo Lippi, line 54.
2. Take away love, and our earth is a tomb!
#3 Rabbi Ben Ezra
3. Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”
#4 Summum Bonum, 1889
4. Brightest truth, purest trust in the universe—all were for me in the kiss of one girl.
#5 Never the Time and the Place
5. Where is the loved one’s face?
In a dream that loved one’s face meets mine
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. In 1846, Browning married the older poet Elizabeth Barrett, and went to live in Italy. By the time of her death in 1861, he had published the crucial collection Men and Women. The collection Dramatis Personae and the book-length epic poem The Ring and the Book followed, and made him a leading British poet.
Sayings by Robert Browning
#1 The Inn Album, 1875
1. Better have failed in the high aim, as I,
Than vulgarly in the low aim succeed
As, God be thanked, I do not!
#2 At the “Mermaid”, 1876
2. Have you found your life distasteful?
My life did and does smack sweet.
Was your youth of pleasure wasteful?
Mine I saved and hold complete.
Do your joys with age diminish?
When mine fail me, I’ll complain.
Must in death your daylight finish?
My sun sets to rise again.
#3 Fra Lippo Lippi, line 217
3. If you get simple beauty and naught else,
You get about the best thing God invents.
#4 Fra Lippo Lippi, line 224
4. You should not take a fellow eight years old And make him swear to never kiss the girls
#5 Summum Bonum, 1889
5. All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee
All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem
In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea
#6 Saul, David Singing before Saul
6. How good is man’s life, the mere living! how fit to employ
All the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!
#7 Life in a Love,
7. But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again,—
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.
#8 The Ring and the Book
8. White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life’s business being just the terrible choice.
#9 A Soul’s Tragedy, 1846
9. I trust in Nature for the stable laws
Of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant
And autumn garner to the end of time.
#10 Meeting at night, 1845
10. THE gray sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low;
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i’ the slushy sand.
Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,
And a voice less loud, through its joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!
#11 La Saisiaz, 1878
11. Good, to forgive;
Best, to forget!
Living, we fret;
Dying, we live.
Quotes misattributed to Robert Browning
#1 According to Wikiquote: Pearl Buck’s China, Past and Present
1. Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
Variant: Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.