Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.  A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language. He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Authority forgets a dying king.

Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.

A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery of his passions.

Men, at most, differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.

I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair.

The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts.

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.

There's no glory like those who save their country.

A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.

Ours not to reason why ours but to do and die.

God's finger touched him and he slept.

My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.

In the long years liker they must grow, The man be more of woman she of man.

Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature moulding men.

O earth what changes hast thou seen!

Shape your heart to front the hour but dream not that the hours will last.

We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper and hint and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame, however you take it we men are a little breed.

Believe me than in half the creeds.

To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

So many worlds so much to do so little done such things to be.

Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers.

Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.

By blood a king in heart a clown.

There lives more faith in honest doubt believe me than in half the creeds.

The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.

A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.

Better not be at all than not be noble.

I am a part of all that I have met.

He makes no friends who never made a foe.

What rights are those that dare not resist for them?

Such a one do I remember whom to look at was love.

Dreams are true while they last and do we not live in dreams?

Who is wise in love love most say least.

No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.

I the heir of all the ages in the foremost files of time.

A day may sink or save a realm.

Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Ring out the false ring in the true.

Self-reverence self-knowledge self-control, these three alone lead one to sovereign power.

Words like nature half reveal and half conceal the soul within.

Love is the only gold.