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Lord Alfred Tennyson

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Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.
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Oh yet we trust that somehow good will be the final goal of ill!
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Better not be at all than not be noble.
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Oh for someone with a heart, head and hand. Whatever they call them, what do I care, aristocrat, dem...
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There's no glory like those who save their country.
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My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.
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That man's the true Conservative who lops the moldered branch away.
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And every dew-drop paints a bow.
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And ye talk together still, In the language wherewith Spring Letters cowslips on the hill.
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My people too were scared with eerie sounds, A footstep, a low throbbing in the walls. A noise...
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Red ruin and the breaking-up of all.
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There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.
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Well, well, be it so, thou strongest their of all, For thou hast stolen my will, and made it thine...
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Their meetings made December June. Their every parting was to die.
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And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men.
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I heard . . . . . . the great echo flap And buffet round the hills from bluff to bluff.
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For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the vision of the world, and all the w...
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'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
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Trust me not at all, or all in all.
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Summer isles of Eden, lying in dark purple spheres of sea.
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Darker than darkest pansies.
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Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
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Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
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God's finger touched him, and he slept.
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Such a one do I remember, whom to look at was love.
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I am a part of all that I have met.
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Believe me, than in half the creeds.
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Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.
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If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.
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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and he bears a laden breast,
Full of sad experience, moving ...
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The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his pass...
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If thou shouldst never see my face again, pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer than t...
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And curving a contumelious,
Gorgonized me from head to foot,
With a stony British stare
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Only reapers, reaping early/ In among the bearded barley.
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In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove; In the Spring a young man's fancy light...
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The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas bells fr...
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God's finger touched him, and he slept.
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If thou shouldst never see my face again,Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayerThan thi...
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There lies more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
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That loss is common would not make My own less bitter, rather more: Too common! Never morning...
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So runs the round of life from hour to hour.
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Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousan...
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First pledge our Queen this solemn night, Then drink to England, every guest; That man's the b...
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To learn from other men's mistakes to prevent your own.
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I give not gold for mere expectations.
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Never morning wore To evening, but some heart did break.
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Marriages are made in Heaven.
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'Tis gone: a thousand such have slipt Away from my embraces: And fallen into the dusty crypt ...
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This is truth the poet sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrows is remembering happier things.
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Seeming genial, venial fault.
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Others' follies teach us not, Nor much their wisdom teaches; And most of sterling worth is wha...
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One of Satan's shepherdesses caught And meant to stamp him with her master's mark.
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Not perfect, nay, but full of tender wants.
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The moans of doves in immemorial elms,/ And murmuring of innumerable bees.
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Nature, red in tooth and claw.
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Live and lie reclined/ On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.
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Once he drew-with one long kiss-My whole soul through his lips.
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I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethro' Gleams that untravell'd...
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Maybe the wildest dreams are but the needful preludes of the truth.
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He makes no friends who never made a foe
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Blind and naked ignorance delivers brawling judgments, unashamed, on all things all day long
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To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
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I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'tis better to have loved and lost t...
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And so the Word had breath, and wrought/ With human hands the creed of creeds/ In loveliness of perf...
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In after-dinner talk, Across the walnuts and the wine.
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A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.
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Forgive! How many will say, forgive, and find a sort of absolution in the sound to hate a little lon...
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There lives more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.
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A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.
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And so the Word had breath, and wrought With human hands the creed of creeds In loveliness of ...
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As the many-winter'd crow that leads the clanging rookery home.
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We issued gorged with knowledge, and I spoke: "Why, Sirs, they do all this as well as we." "Th...
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The sabbaths of Eternity. One sabbath deep and wide.
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Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade Glitter like a swarm of fireflies ta...
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Sweet is true love that is given in vain, and sweet is death that takes away pain.
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And out of darkness came the hands That reach thro' nature, moulding men.
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The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passio...
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Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.
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Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dealer of thoughts, and every ...
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Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
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Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
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Love is the only gold.
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All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and...
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Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
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Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.
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To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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A day may sink or save a realm.
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The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.
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No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his ...
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Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every ...
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God's finger touched him and he slept.
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Man dreams of fame while woman wakes to love.
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Bright and fierce and fickle is the South,/ And dark and true and tender is the North.
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Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.
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This gray spirit yearning in desire/ To follow knowledge like a sinking star,/ Beyond the utmost bou...
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For what are men better than sheep or goats/ That nourish a blind life within the brain,/ If, knowin...
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Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,/ Tears from the depth of some divine despair.
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Believing where we cannot prove.
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More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.
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Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control - these three alone lead to power
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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
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Break, break, break, On thy cold gray stones, O sea! And I would that my tongue could utter The thou...
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As on this whirligig of Time/ We circle with the seasons.
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Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control - these three alone lead to power
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No little lily-handed Baronet he,/ A great broad-shouldered genial Englishman,/ A lord of fat prize-...
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Oh that it were possible, After long grief and pain, To find the arms of my true love, Around me onc...
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Things seen are mightier than things heard.
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I wind about, and in and out,/ With here a blossom sailing,/ And here and there a lusty trout,/ And ...
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God's finger touched him, and he slept.
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When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in co...
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My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.
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The time draws near the birth of Christ: The moon is hid; the night is still; The Christmas be...
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Read my little fable: He that runs may read. Most can raise the flowers now, For all hav...
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All Life needs for life is possible to will.
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Better not to be at all Than not to be noble.
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And o'er the hills and far away, Beyond their utmost purple rim, Beyond the night, across the ...
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And rolling far along the gloomy shores The voice of days of old and days to be.
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I held it truth, with him who sings To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on st...
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To disregard money, on suitable occasions, is often a great profit.
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It is, I believe, better to restrain the passions of youth by a sense of shame, and by conciliatory...
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I know not which way to turn. [I am in a quandary.]
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I hold a wolf by the ears. [I am in a dilemma I have caught a Tartar.]
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I am myself a man, and nothing relating to men is a matter of indifference to me.
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He who says what he likes, must hear what he does not like.
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Flattery brings friends, but the truth begets enmity.
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This oiled and curled Assyrian bull, Smelling of musk and of insolence.
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Strong of his hands, and strong on his legs, but still of his tongue.
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Time driveth onward fast,/ And in a little while our lips are dumb./ Let us alone. What is it that w...
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Shape your heart to front the hour, but dream not that the hours will last.
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The greater person is one of courtesy.
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The folly of all follies is to be love sick for a shadow.
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
Ours not to reason why
Ours but to do and die.
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
I hold it true,what'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lo...
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,...
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
And by the meadow-trenches blow the faint sweet cuckoo-flowers.
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O Blackbird! sing me something well: While all the neighbors shoot thee round, I keep smooth ...
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All in the wild March-morning I heard the angels call; It was when the moon was setting, and the d...
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The great world's altar stairs That slope through darkness up to God.
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A savior of the silver-coasted isle.
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Shall eagles not be eagles? wrens be wrens? If all the world were falcons, what of that? The ...
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Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow.
LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
And oft I heard the tender dove In firry woodlands making moan.
LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
The greater man the greater courtesy.
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Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
A life of nothing's nothing worth, From that first nothing ere his birth, To that last nothing...
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And there they placed a peacock in his pride, Before the damsel.
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Ring out the false, ring in the true.
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By blood a king, in heart a clown.
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
Ah! well away! Seasons flower and fade.
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Like Hezekiah's, backward runs The shadow of my days.
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We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at...
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years.
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One still strong man in a blatant land,
whatever they call him, what care I,
Aristocrat, democ...
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I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost T...
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For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wond...
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The older order changeth, yielding place to new,And God fulfils himself in many ways,Lest one good c...
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I hold it true, whateer befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;Tis better to have loved and lostThan n...
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
Faith lives in honest doubt.
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And is there any moral shut/ Within the bosom of the rose?
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Who loves not a false imagining, an unreal character in us; but looking through all the rubbish of o...
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O love, O fire! once he drewWith one long kiss my whole soul throughMy lips, as sunlight drinketh de...
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I hold it true,what'er befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;'Tis better to have loved and lostThan n...
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Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
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So much to do, so little done, such things to be.
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Happy he With such a mother! faith in womankind Beats with his blood, and trust in all things...
LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
The bearing and the training of a child Is woman's wisdom.
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Our wills are ours, we know not how; Our wills are ours, to make them thine.
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The Lord let the house of a brute to the soul of a man, And the man said, "Am I your debtor?" ...
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If we cannot do what we want, we must do what we can.
LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
How much of injustice and depravity is sanctioned by custom!
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He makes no friend who never made a foe.
LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel, and lower the proud.
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The slow, sweet hours that bring us all things good.
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The Queen, who sat With lips severely placid felt the knot Climb in her throat, and with her f...
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The far-off interest of tears.
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O well for him whose will is strong, He suffers, but he will not suffer long.
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Modred's narrow foxy face, Heart hiding smile, and gray persistent eye.
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The shell must break before the bird can fly.
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A happy bridesmaid makes a happy bride.
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So, friend, when I first looked upon your face, our thoughts gave answer each to each. Opposed mirro...
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Drink to lofty hopes that cool -/ Visions of a perfect State.
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Ring out false pride in blood and place,/ The civic slander and the spite.
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Man is the hunter; woman is his game. The sleek and shining creatures of the chase, we hunt them for...
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'Tis not too late to seek a newer world
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Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die
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No little lily-handed Baronet he,/ A great broad-shouldered genial Englishman,/ A lord of fat prize-...
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
If thou shouldst never see my face again, pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer than t...
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Bright and fierce and fickle is the South,/ And dark and true and tender is the North.
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O hark, O hear! how thin and clear, And thinner, clearer, farther going! O sweet and far from cliff ...
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It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match'd with an...
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She has heard a whisper say,/ A curse is on her if she stay/ To look down to Camelot.
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Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind.
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We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at...
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Men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.
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So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
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The jingling of the guinea helps the hurt that Honor feels.
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Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
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A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
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