William Wordsworth Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, 13 July 1798
1. As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
#2 Poem: A Sparrow’s Nest
2. She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
And humble cares, and delicate fears;
A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
And love, and thought, and joy.
3. There is a comfort in the strength of love;
‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else
Would overset the brain, or break the heart
#4 To Mary, 1824
4. True beauty dwells in deep retreats,
Whose veil is unremoved
Till heart with heart in concord beats,
And the lover is beloved.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads.
Sayings by William Wordsworth
#1 The Recluse
1. And if this
Were otherwise, we have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope…
#2 To a Young Lady, 1803
2. Thy thoughts and feelings shall not die,
Nor leave thee, when grey hairs are nigh,
A melancholy slave;
But an old age serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
Shall lead thee to thy grave.
#3 The Tables Turned, 1798
3. Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
#4 Letter to Mary Wordsworth, 29 April 1812
4. Write to me frequently & the longest letters possible; never mind whether you have facts or no to communicate; fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
#5 William Wordsworth: A Biography, Edwin Paxton Hood, 1856
5. Thought and theory must precede all action, that moves to salutary purposes. Yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
#6 The excursion. Appendix, prefaces, etc, The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, 1870
6. I have said that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility…
#7 CALM IS THE FRAGRANT AIR, AND LOTH TO LOSE, Evening Voluntaries [S]
7. Look for the stars, you’ll say that there are none;
Look up a second time, and, one by one,
You mark them twinkling out with silvery light,
And wonder how they could elude the sight!
#8 My heart Leaps Up
8. 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;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
#9 The Fountain, A Conversation
9. And yet the wiser mind
Mourns less for what Age takes away,
Than what it leaves behind.
#10 Expostulation and Reply
10. ‘The eye—it cannot choose but see;
We cannot bid the ear be still;
Our bodies feel, where’er they be,
Against, or with our will.
Unsourced William Wordsworth Quotes
1. Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.
2. Your mind is the garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds.