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Inspirational quotes by Alfred Lord Tennyson on friendship, love, life, and happiness.

100 Inspiring Quotes By Alfred Lord Tennyson That Will Brighten Up Your Day

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: August 5, 1809

Died On: October 6, 1892

Born In: Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

Died At Age: 83

The fact that Alfred Lord Tennyson is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations tells a lot about the greatness of this ingeniously prolific British poet. Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign, he was by far one of the most renowned poets of the Victorian era. A child prodigy, Tennyson showed an early interest in writing that cemented his fate for future. However, fame and recognition did not come in easy for this creatively overpowering man as Tennyson in his early years of poetry was condemned as ‘an obscure poet’. Disheartened, he did not pen a poem for nine years. The fourth decade of the 19th century turned Tennyson’s fate and thus marked the start of a legacy. Later in 1850, when Tennyson came up with ‘In Memoriam’, it became the magnum opus of his career. His career peaked to new heights and he was counted as a successor to William Wordsworth. The work also contained many of Tennyson’s most famous phrases that have become commonplaces in English Languages. Quotes that we say often like ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’ or ‘Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die’ or ‘Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers’ or ‘The old order changeth, yielding place to new’ all came in from the pen of this prolific Victorian poet. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Alfred Lord Tennyson, covering various aspects of life. The quotes would surely leave a lasting impression on your mind and leave you inspired.  

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am a part of all that I have met.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I will drink life to the lees.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed. Up there came a flower, The people said, a weed.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sometimes the heart sees what's invisible to the eye.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The words 'far, far away' had always a strange charm.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Come friends, it's not too late to seek a newer world.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The quiet sense of something lost

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I hold it true, whate'er befall; I feel it when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sweet is true love that is given in vain, and sweet is death that takes away pain.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I remain Mistress of mine own self and mine own soul

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am half-sick of shadows,' said The Lady of Shalott.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The shell must break before the bird can fly.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The red rose cries, "She is near, she is near;" And the white rose weeps, "She is late;" The larkspur listens, "I hear, I hear;" And the lily whispers, "I wait.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

So runs my dream, but what am I? An infant crying in the night An infant crying for the light And with no language but a cry.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

O love, O fire! once he drew With one long kiss my whole soul through My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

My purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the Western stars until I die.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

For always roaming with a hungry heart.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

So sad, so fresh the days that are no more.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Life is brief but love is LONG .

Alfred Lord Tennyson

For words, like Nature, half reveal And half conceal the Soul within.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Forgive my grief for one removed Thy creature whom I found so fair I trust he lives in Thee and there I find him worthier to be loved.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

So I find every pleasant spot In which we two were wont to meet, The field, the chamber, and the street, For all is dark where thou art not

Alfred Lord Tennyson

A man had given all other bliss, And all his worldly worth for this To waste his whole heart in one kiss Upon her perfect lips.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

So now I have sworn to bury All this dead body of hate I feel so free and so clear By the loss of that dead weight

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I sometimes find it half a sin, To put to words the grief i feel, For words like nature,half reveal, and half conceal the soul within,

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The city is built To music, therefore never built at all, And therefore built forever.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

It is unconceivable that the whole Universe was merely created for us who live in this third-rate planet of a third-rate moon.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

If you don't concentrate on what you are doing then the thing that you are doing is not what you are thinking.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Follow the deer? Follow the Christ the King. Live pure, speak true,right wrong, Follow the King-- Else, wherefore born?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ours is not to wonder why. Ours is just to do or die.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Love is the only gold.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Shall love be blamed for want of faith?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades For ever and for ever when I move.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The mirror crack'd from side to side "The curse has come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott

Alfred Lord Tennyson

And this gray spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use! As tho’ to breathe were life!

Alfred Lord Tennyson

In words, like weeds, I'll wrap me o'er, Like coarsest clothes against the cold

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I hold it truth, with him who sings To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

And ah for a man to arise in me, That the man I am may cease to be!

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Music that gentlier on the spirit lies, Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Never, oh! never, nothing will die; The stream flows, The wind blows, The cloud fleets, The heart beats, Nothing will die.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The year is dying in the night.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Virtue - to be good and just - Every heart, when sifted well, Is a clot of warmer dust, Mix'd with cunning sparks of hell. - The Vision of Sin

Alfred Lord Tennyson

That which we are, we are.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I cannot rest from travel; I will drink Life to the lees.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of: Wherefore, let thy voice, Rise like a fountain for me night and day.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever...

Alfred Lord Tennyson

For this alone on Death I wreak The wrath that garners in my heart: He put our lives so far apart We cannot hear each other speak.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

And what delights can equal those That stir the spirit's inner deeps, When one that loves but knows not, reaps A truth from one that loves and knows?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

And was the day of my delight As pure and perfect as I say?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I follow up the quest despite of day and night and death and hell.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Not once or twice in our fair island-story, The path of duty was the way to glory.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Our little systems have their day; They have their day and cease to be… And thou, O Lord, art more than they.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

And sometimes through the mirror blue The knights come riding two and two.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

A beam in darkness: let it grow.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall...

Alfred Lord Tennyson

We needs must love the highest when we see it.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Let knowledge grow from more to more, But more of reverence in us dwell; That mind and soul, according well, May make one music as before, But vaster.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

She hath no loyal knight and true, The Lady of Shalott.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Behold, we know not anything; I can but trust that good shall fall At last -- far off -- at last, to all, And every winter change to spring.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

She saw the snowy poles of moonless Mars, That marvellous round of milky light Below Orion, and those double stars Whereof the one more bright Is circled by the other

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Brothers in Art: a friendship so complete

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Alfred Lord Tennyson

But O for the touch of a vanished hand, And the sound of a voice that is still!

Alfred Lord Tennyson

But such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound or foam, when that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

This madness has come on us for our sins.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

In the afternoon they came unto a land In which it seemed always afternoon. All around the coast the languid air did swoon, Breathing like one that hath a weary dream.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The old order changes, giving place to the new... least on good custom should corrupts the world.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Seal'd her minefrom her first sweet breath Mine, and mine by right, from birth till death Mine, mine-our fathers have sworn.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Greatly, have suffer'd greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Yet I thought I saw her stand, A shadow there at my feet, High over the shadowy land.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The deep moans round with many voices.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Maud in the light of her youth and her grace, Singing of Death, and of Honor that cannot die, Till I well could weep for a time so sordid and mean, And myself so languid and base.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

I fain would follow love, if that could be; I needs must follow death, who calls for me; Call and I follow, I follow! let me die.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

May make my heart as a milestone, set my face as a flint, cheat and be cheated, and die: who knows? we are ashes and dust.

Alfred Lord Tennyson