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A collection of quotes and sayings by Edwin Arlington Robinson on love, wings, fly, youth, thoughts, dead, alone, woman, pity, light, God, seeing, game and gratitude.

26 Top Edwin Arlington Robinson Quotes

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Famous As: Poet, Writer

Born On: December 22, 1869

Died On: April 6, 1935

Born In: Maine

Died At Age: 65

Edwin Arlington Robinson was an eminent American poet who won three ‘Pulitzer Prize’ for his poems, and writings. He was also four times nominated for the ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’. His childhood as described by him was ‘stark and unhappy’. His struggles were reflected in his poems, thoughts and writings that exhibited dark pessimism. ‘The Torrent and the Night Before’ was his first book, which was self-published. His literary success began to mount with his second book, ‘The Children Of The Night’ that had a wider circulation. Some of his other notable works include, ‘Lancelot’, ‘Tristram’, ‘Sonnets’, ‘Selected Poems’, The Glory of The Nightingales’, ‘A Happy Man’ and various others. Take a look at the quotable quotations and sayings by Edwin Arlington Robinson which have been curated from his plays, poems, writings, thoughts, letters, works and life. Presenting a collection of quotes and thoughts by Edwin Arlington Robinson on stars, heaven, spiritual, emotional, reactions, languages, logic, courage, prayer, strong, poetry, wisdom etc.
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And thus we all are nighing The truth we fear to know: Death will end our crying For friends that come and go.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Life is the game that must be played.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

I shall have more to say when I am dead.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

And thus we all are nighing The truth we fear to know: Death will end our crying For friends that come and go.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

For when a woman is left too much alone, sooner or later she begins to think; and no man knows what then she may discover.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Your Dollar is your only Word, / The wrath of it your only fear. / You build it altars tall enough / To make you see, but your are blind; / You cannot leave it long enough / To look before you or behind.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Shake the tree of life itself and bring down fruits unheard of.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

To some will come a time when change itself is beauty, if not heaven.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

I cannot find my way: there is no star In all the shrouded heavens anywhere

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Pity is like a knife, sometimes, and it may pierce one who employs it more shrewdly than the victim it would save.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Life is the game that must be played

Edwin Arlington Robinson

The world is not a prison house, but a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of of bewildered infants are trying to spell God with the wrong blocks.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Language that tells us, through a more or less emotional reaction, something that can not be said.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Seizing the swift logic of a woman, Curse God and die.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

I don't say what God is, but a name That somehow answers us when we are driven To feel and think how little we have to do With what we are.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Ah, when shall come love's courage to be strong! Tell me, O Lord--tell me, O Lord, how long Are we to keep Christ writhing on the cross!

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Friends: people who borrow my books and set wet glasses on them.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

It is impossible to understand the economic system in which we are living if we try to interpret it as a rational scheme.It has to be understood as an awkward phase in a continuing process of historical development.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

I mean you last as long as lies.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Love must have wings to fly away from love, And to fly back again.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Were it not for love, Poor life would be a ship not worth launching.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

I am living on hope and faith ... a pretty good diet when the mind will receive them.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Do you hear the children singing?

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I have been reading the Old Testament, a most bloodthirsty and perilous book for the young. Jehovah is beyond doubt the worst character in fiction.

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Poets and kings are but the clerks of Time, Tiering the same dull webs of discontent, Clipping the same sad alnage of the years.

Edwin Arlington Robinson