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William Wordsworth Quotes

william wordsworth quotesAs well as being a brilliant poet, William Wordsworth left a rich legacy of quotes, most of which come from his poetry. Enjoy!

The Quotes

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

Faith is a passionate intuition.

The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.

The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

To begin, begin.

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.

Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.

How does the Meadow-flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free Down to its root, and, in that freedom, bold.

One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.

Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more.

When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign in solitude.

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.

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.

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.

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

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

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.

In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind.

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

We have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope.

What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

Action is transitory a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle, this way or that 'Tis done, and in the after-vacancy We wonder at ourselves like men betrayed.

The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours.

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