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Lord Alfred Tennyson quotes

1809 - 1892; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom; author of "Idylls of the King"

He makes no friends who never made a foe.
Alfred Tennyson

Though much is taken, much abides, and though we are not now that strength which in old
days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic
hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to
Alfred Tennyson

Better not be at all than not be noble.
Alfred Tennyson

Live thy Life,
Young and old,
Like yon oak,
Bright in spring,
Living gold.
Alfred Tennyson

I cannot rest from travel; I will drink life to the lees.
Alfred Tennyson

Once in a golden hour,
I cast to earth a seed,
And up there grew a flower,
That others called a weed.
Alfred 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 Tennyson

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

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

No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not
knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't
knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Alfred Tennyson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Tennyson

I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house,
Wherein at ease for aye to dwell.
I said, "O Soul, make merry and carouse,
Dear soul, for all is well."
Alfred Tennyson

Nor is it wiser to weep a true occasion lost, but trim our sails, and let old bygones be.
Alfred Tennyson

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depths of some devine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.
Alfred Tennyson

I am a part of all that I have met.
Alfred Tennyson

For every worm beneath the moon
Draws different threads, and late and soon
Spins, toiling out his own cocoon.
Alfred Tennyson

Who are wise in love, love most, say least.
Alfred Tennyson

Forward, forward let us range,
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
Alfred Tennyson

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

Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
Alfred Tennyson

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control,
These three alone lead life to sovereign power.
Alfred Tennyson

I sometimes hold it half a sin,
To put in words the grief I feel.
For words, like nature, half reveal,
And half conceal the soul within.
Alfred Tennyson

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

Sleep sweetly, tender heart, in peace!
Sleep, holy spirit, blessed soul,
While the stars burn, the moons increase,
And the great ages onward roll.
Alfred Tennyson