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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Selected Poems
“Earth's crammed with heaven...
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
tags: love
“You're something between a dream and a miracle.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
tags: love
“Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“You were made perfectly to be loved and surely I have loved you in the idea of you my whole life long. ”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Why, what is to live? Not to eat and drink and breathe,—but to feel the life in you down all the fibres of being, passionately and joyfully.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barret Barrett 1845-1846 Vol I
“Love me sweet
With all thou art
Feeling, thinking, seeing;
Love me in the Lightest part,
Love me in full Being.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
tags: love
“Books, books, books!
I had found the secret of a garret room
Piled high with cases in my father’s name;
Piled high, packed large,--where, creeping in and out
Among the giant fossils of my past,
Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs
Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
At this or that box, pulling through the gap,
In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy,
The first book first. And how I felt it beat
Under my pillow, in the morning’s dark,
An hour before the sun would let me read!
My books!”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
“Who so loves believes the impossible.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“My sun sets to rise again.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Browning: Poems
“Quick-loving hearts ... may quickly loathe.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
“God's gifts put men's best dreams to shame.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
'I love her for her smile ... her look ... her way
Of speaking gently, ... for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day'
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,--and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry,
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
“Light tomorrow with today.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“With stammering lips and insufficient sound I strive and struggle to deliver right the music of my nature.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“All actual heroes are essential men,
And all men possible heroes.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Parting is all we know of heaven
And all we need of hell”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“And if God choose
I shall but love thee better after death.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,
Half wishing they were dead to save the shame.
The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;
They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats,
And flare up bodily, wings and all. What then?
Who's sorry for a gnat... or a girl?”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, A Little Book Of Love Poems
“What we call Life is a condition of the soul. And the soul must improve in happiness and wisdom, except by its own fault. These tears in our eyes, these faintings of the flesh, will not hinder such improvement.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“My patience has dreadful chilblains from standing so long on a monument.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Russell Mitford, 1836-1854
“I would build a cloudy House
For my thoughts to live in;
When for earth too fancy-loose
And too low for Heaven!
Hush! I talk my dream aloud -
I build it bright to see, -
I build it on the moonlit cloud,
To which I looked with thee.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“O Life,
How oft we throw it off and think, — 'Enough,
Enough of life in so much! — here's a cause
For rupture; — herein we must break with Life,
Or be ourselves unworthy; here we are wronged,
Maimed, spoiled for aspiration: farewell Life!'
— And so, as froward babes, we hide our eyes
And think all ended. — Then, Life calls to us
In some transformed, apocryphal, new voice,
Above us, or below us, or around . .
Perhaps we name it Nature's voice, or Love's,
Tricking ourselves, because we are more ashamed
To own our compensations than our griefs:
Still, Life's voice! — still, we make our peace with Life.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh and Other Poems

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