Quotations by Browning, Robert


Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
“A Death in the Desert,” l. 586, Dramatis Personae (1864)
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No, when the fight begins within himself,
A man’s worth something.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
“Bishop Blougram’s Apology,” l. 693 (1855)
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The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life:
Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
“Bishop Bougram’s Apology” (1855)
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The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing’
The snail’s on the thorn:
God’s in is heaven —
All’s right with the world!

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
“Pippa Passes”, pt. 1, l. 221 (1841)
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Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all nor be afraid!”

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
“Rabbi Ben Ezra,” st. 1 (1864)
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There’s a great text in Galatians,
Once you trip on it, entails
Twenty-nine distinct damnations,
One sure, if another fails.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
“Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister,” st. 7 (1842)
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There are those who believe something, and therefore will tolerate nothing; and on the other hand, those who tolerate everything, because they believe nothing.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
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Cited in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908 ed.).
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Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
Andrea del Sarto, l. 97 (1855)
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A man in armor is his armor’s slave.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
Herakles
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Ignorance is not innocence but sin.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
The Inn Album, ch. 5 (1875)
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