William Wordsworth Best Quotes

William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads. Enjoy William Wordsworth’s best quotes below.

“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.”
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”
“The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.”
“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”
“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”
“That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
“To begin, begin.”
“How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.”
“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come.”
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.”
“Faith is a passionate intuition.”
“The child is father of the man.”
“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 is solitude.”
“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.”
“What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.”
“Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.”
“Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 ocean is a mighty harmonist.”
“In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn’t know what he is doing.”

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