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97 Uplifting Quotes By William Wordsworth, The Author Of Lyrical Ballads

Famous As: Poet
Born On: April 7, 1770
Died On: April 23, 1850
Born In: Kingdom of Great Britain
Died At Age: 80
While counting the greatest of English poets ever to have lived on Earth, it is only certain that William Wordsworth would be amongst the first ones to be listed. For had it not been for this great man, the era of Romanticism in English poetry wouldn’t have existed! He is the man behind ‘Lyrical Ballads’ the man who penned ‘The Prelude’, the man who eventually became one of the most influential English Romantic poets of the century. Together with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth launched the Romantic era of English literature, in which writers sought to unite the tranquillity of nature and the inner emotional world of men. He wanted to create poetry that allowed readers to reunite with their true emotions and feelings. In 1843, he was named Poet Laureate of Britain, a post which he retained until his death in 1850. Wordsworth’s most famous work, ‘The Prelude’, an autobiographical, is considered by many to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. The poem, revised numerous times, chronicles the spiritual life of the poet and marks the birth of a new genre of poetry. Although Wordsworth worked on ‘The Prelude’ throughout his life, the poem was published posthumously. Much like his poetry, Wordsworth’s quotes give a new perspective to life. They cover varied topics like meaning of life, happiness, love and family. We bring to you some of the interesting quotes by William Wordsworth that will surely provide you with food for thought.
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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth
The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.

The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.

William Wordsworth
Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.

Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop Than when we soar.

William Wordsworth
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

William Wordsworth
Nature never did betray
The heart that loved her.

Nature never did betray The heart that loved her.

William Wordsworth
Rest and be thankful.

Rest and be thankful.

William Wordsworth
Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.

Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be.

William Wordsworth
The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more.

The music in my heart I bore Long after it was heard no more.

William Wordsworth
Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.

Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.

William Wordsworth
My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;

My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man;

William Wordsworth
Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow.

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.

William Wordsworth
There is a comfort in the strength of love; 'Twill make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain, or break the heart.

There is a comfort in the strength of love; 'Twill make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain, or break the heart.

William Wordsworth
With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

William Wordsworth
When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude

When from our better selves we have too long Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop, Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, How gracious, how benign, is Solitude

William Wordsworth
The eye--it cannot choose but see;
We cannot bid the ear be still;
Our bodies feel, where'er they be,
Against or with our will.

The eye--it cannot choose but see; We cannot bid the ear be still; Our bodies feel, where'er they be, Against or with our will.

William Wordsworth
Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
But to be young was very heaven.

Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive But to be young was very heaven.

William Wordsworth
Love betters what is best

Love betters what is best

William Wordsworth
Habit rules the unreflecting herd.

Habit rules the unreflecting herd.

William Wordsworth
Then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

Then my heart with pleasure fills And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth
For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.

For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.

William Wordsworth
A mind forever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.

A mind forever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.

William Wordsworth
Be mild, and cleave to gentle things, 
thy glory and thy happiness be there.

Be mild, and cleave to gentle things, thy glory and thy happiness be there.

William Wordsworth
Delight and liberty, the simple creed of childhood.

Delight and liberty, the simple creed of childhood.

William Wordsworth
Great God! I'd rather be a Pagan....

Great God! I'd rather be a Pagan....

William Wordsworth
What we have loved 
Others will love
And we will teach them how.

What we have loved Others will love And we will teach them how.

William Wordsworth
The mind of man is a thousand times more beautiful than the earth on which he dwells.

The mind of man is a thousand times more beautiful than the earth on which he dwells.

William Wordsworth
Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge - it is as immortal as the heart of man.

Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge - it is as immortal as the heart of man.

William Wordsworth
One impulse from a vernal wood 
May teach you more of man, 
Of moral evil and of good, 
Than all the sages can.

One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.

William Wordsworth
The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust, burn to the socket.

The good die first, and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust, burn to the socket.

William Wordsworth
The earth was all before me. With a heart
Joyous, nor scared at its own liberty,
I look about; and should the chosen guide
Be nothing better than a wandering cloud,
I cannot miss my way.

The earth was all before me. With a heart Joyous, nor scared at its own liberty, I look about; and should the chosen guide Be nothing better than a wandering cloud, I cannot miss my way.

William Wordsworth
And yet the wiser mind
Mourns less for what age takes away
Than what it leaves behind.

And yet the wiser mind Mourns less for what age takes away Than what it leaves behind.

William Wordsworth
Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.

Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home.

William Wordsworth
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

William Wordsworth
A simple child. That lightly draws its breath. And feels its life in every limb. What should it know of death?

A simple child. That lightly draws its breath. And feels its life in every limb. What should it know of death?

William Wordsworth
Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of knowledge

Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of knowledge

William Wordsworth
The child is father of the man:	 
And I could wish my days to be	 
Bound each to each by natural piety.

The child is father of the man: And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.

William Wordsworth
Faith is a passionate intuition.

Faith is a passionate intuition.

William Wordsworth
... and we shall find
A pleasure in the dimness of the stars.

... and we shall find A pleasure in the dimness of the stars.

William Wordsworth
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting...

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting...

William Wordsworth
For oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood they flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude

For oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood they flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude

William Wordsworth
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and its fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

Thanks to the human heart by which we live, Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and its fears, To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

William Wordsworth
Sweet is the lore which nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Misshapes the beauteous forms of things;
—We murder to dissect.

Sweet is the lore which nature brings; Our meddling intellect Misshapes the beauteous forms of things; —We murder to dissect.

William Wordsworth
What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how; instruct them how the mind of man becomes a thousand times more beautiful than the earth on which he dwells...

What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how; instruct them how the mind of man becomes a thousand times more beautiful than the earth on which he dwells...

William Wordsworth
A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

William Wordsworth
I listen'd, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

I listen'd, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more.

William Wordsworth
And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.

And homeless near a thousand homes I stood, And near a thousand tables pined and wanted food.

William Wordsworth
From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.

From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed.

William Wordsworth
Therefore, let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk; And let the misty-mountain winds be free to blow against thee.

Therefore, let the moon shine on thee in thy solitary walk; And let the misty-mountain winds be free to blow against thee.

William Wordsworth
All that we behold is full of blessings.

All that we behold is full of blessings.

William Wordsworth
In ourselves our safety must be sought. 
By our own right hand it must be wrought.

In ourselves our safety must be sought. By our own right hand it must be wrought.

William Wordsworth
Books! tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it.

Books! tis a dull and endless strife: Come, hear the woodland linnet, How sweet his music! on my life, There's more of wisdom in it.

William Wordsworth
The good die first.

The good die first.

William Wordsworth
Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.

William Wordsworth
She died, and left to me
This heath, this calm and quiet scene,
The memory of what has been,
And never more will be.

She died, and left to me This heath, this calm and quiet scene, The memory of what has been, And never more will be.

William Wordsworth
Duty were our games.

Duty were our games.

William Wordsworth
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

William Wordsworth
How does the meadow-flower its bloom
 unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free
Down to its root, and in that freedom
 bold.

How does the meadow-flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free Down to its root, and in that freedom bold.

William Wordsworth
Hence, in a season of calm weather
Though inland far we be,
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea

Hence, in a season of calm weather Though inland far we be, Our souls have sight of that immortal sea

William Wordsworth
I'll teach my boy the sweetest things;
I'll teach him how the owlet sings.

I'll teach my boy the sweetest things; I'll teach him how the owlet sings.

William Wordsworth
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers ~ but like lemmings running headlong to the sea, we are oblivious.

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers ~ but like lemmings running headlong to the sea, we are oblivious.

William Wordsworth
In sleep I heard the northern gleams;
The stars they were among my dreams;
In sleep did I behold the skies

In sleep I heard the northern gleams; The stars they were among my dreams; In sleep did I behold the skies

William Wordsworth
Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, 
Are a substantial world, both pure and good.

Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good.

William Wordsworth
But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.

But trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.

William Wordsworth
And I was taught to feel, perhaps too much,
The self-sufficing power of solitude.

And I was taught to feel, perhaps too much, The self-sufficing power of solitude.

William Wordsworth
Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the impassioned expression which is the countenance of all science.

Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the impassioned expression which is the countenance of all science.

William Wordsworth
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
 That watches and receives.

Come forth, and bring with you a heart That watches and receives.

William Wordsworth
A deep distress hath humanised my soul.

A deep distress hath humanised my soul.

William Wordsworth
But the sweet face of Lucy Gray
Will never more be seen.
The storm came on before its time:
She wandered up and down;
And many a hill did Lucy climb:
But never reached the town.

But the sweet face of Lucy Gray Will never more be seen. The storm came on before its time: She wandered up and down; And many a hill did Lucy climb: But never reached the town.

William Wordsworth
Feeling comes in aid
 Of feeling, and diversity of strength 
 Attends us, if but once we have been strong.

Feeling comes in aid Of feeling, and diversity of strength Attends us, if but once we have been strong.

William Wordsworth
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep In body, and become a living soul: While with an eye made quiet by the power Of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.

Almost suspended, we are laid asleep In body, and become a living soul: While with an eye made quiet by the power Of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.

William Wordsworth
Go to the poets, they will speak to thee
More perfectly of purer creatures--

Go to the poets, they will speak to thee More perfectly of purer creatures--

William Wordsworth
I travelled among unknown men
in lands beyond the sea . . .

I travelled among unknown men in lands beyond the sea . . .

William Wordsworth
The world is too much with us.

The world is too much with us.

William Wordsworth
...and in thy voice I catch the language of my former heart, and read my former pleasures in the shooting lights of thy wild eyes.

...and in thy voice I catch the language of my former heart, and read my former pleasures in the shooting lights of thy wild eyes.

William Wordsworth
He spake of love, such love as spirits feel
In worlds whose course is equable and pure: 
No fears to beat away - no strife to heal, 
The past unsighed for, and the future sure.

He spake of love, such love as spirits feel In worlds whose course is equable and pure: No fears to beat away - no strife to heal, The past unsighed for, and the future sure.

William Wordsworth
Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,
And has the nature of infinity.

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And has the nature of infinity.

William Wordsworth
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.

Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.

William Wordsworth
A cheerful life is what the Muses love, A soaring spirit is their prime delight.

A cheerful life is what the Muses love, A soaring spirit is their prime delight.

William Wordsworth
Society has parted man from man, neglectful of the universal heart.

Society has parted man from man, neglectful of the universal heart.

William Wordsworth
Though nothing will bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

Though nothing will bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

William Wordsworth
He is by nature led
To peace so perfect that the young behold
With envy, what the old man hardly feels.

He is by nature led To peace so perfect that the young behold With envy, what the old man hardly feels.

William Wordsworth
Is then no nook of English ground secure
From rash assault?

Is then no nook of English ground secure From rash assault?

William Wordsworth
Our meddlesome intellect misshapen the beauteous form of things.

Our meddlesome intellect misshapen the beauteous form of things.

William Wordsworth
Poetry is the image of man and nature

Poetry is the image of man and nature

William Wordsworth
Whither is fled the visionary gleam? Where is it now, the glory and the dream?

Whither is fled the visionary gleam? Where is it now, the glory and the dream?

William Wordsworth
Though inland far we be,
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
Which brought us hither.

Though inland far we be, Our souls have sight of that immortal sea Which brought us hither.

William Wordsworth
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

If this belief from heaven be sent, If such be Nature's holy plan, Have I not reason to lament What man has made of man?

William Wordsworth
We not only wish to be pleased, but to be pleased in that particular
way in which we have been accustomed to be pleased.

We not only wish to be pleased, but to be pleased in that particular way in which we have been accustomed to be pleased.

William Wordsworth
One Lesson, Shepherd, let us two divide,
Taught both by what she shews, and what conceals,
Never to blend our pleasure or our pride
With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.

One Lesson, Shepherd, let us two divide, Taught both by what she shews, and what conceals, Never to blend our pleasure or our pride With sorrow of the meanest thing that feels.

William Wordsworth
The child is father of the man

The child is father of the man

William Wordsworth
O joy! that in our embers
 Is something that doth live.

O joy! that in our embers Is something that doth live.

William Wordsworth
I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds
With coldness still returning;
Alas! the gratitude of men
Has oftener left me mourning.

I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds With coldness still returning; Alas! the gratitude of men Has oftener left me mourning.

William Wordsworth
Where are your books? - that light bequeathed
To beings else forlorn and blind!
Up! up! and drink the spirit breathed
From dead men to their kind.

Where are your books? - that light bequeathed To beings else forlorn and blind! Up! up! and drink the spirit breathed From dead men to their kind.

William Wordsworth
[...]the stately and slow-moving Turk,
With freight of slippers piled beneath his arm.

[...]the stately and slow-moving Turk, With freight of slippers piled beneath his arm.

William Wordsworth
The child is the father of the man.

The child is the father of the man.

William Wordsworth