Bayard Taylor quotes

  • I love thee, I love but thee, With a love that shall not die.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #I Love You #Love You #Thee

  • With rushing winds and gloomy skies The dark and stubborn Winter dies: Far-off, unseen, Spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise; March!
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Children #Spring #Dark

  • Departed suns their trails of splendor drew Across departed summers: whispers came From voices, long ago resolved again Into the primeval Silence, and we twain, Ghosts of our present selves, yet still the same, As in a spectral mirror wandered there.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Summer #Mirrors #Self

  • The Poet's leaves are gathered one by one, In the slow process of the doubtful years.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Years #Poet #Process

  • The source of each accordant strain Lies deeper than the Poet's brain. First from the people's heart must spring The passions which he learns to sing; They are the wind, the harp is he, To voice their fitful melody,-- The language of their varying fate, Their pride, grief, love, ambition, hate,-- The talisman which holds inwrought The touchstone of the listener's thought; That penetrates each vain disguise, And brings his secret to his eyes.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Hate #Spring #Lying

  • The maxims tell you to aim at perfection, which is well; but it's unattainable, all the same.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Perfection #Unattainable #Aim

  • The most annoying of all blockheads is a well-read fool.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Fool #Annoying #Wells

  • To learn by observation is traveling, people must also bring knowledge with them.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #People #Observation

  • Learn to live, and live to learn, Ignorance like a fire doth burn, Little tasks make large return.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Learning #Ignorance #Fire

  • The hollows are heavy and dank With the steam of the Goldenrods.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Steam #Heavy #Dank

  • The glories of the possible are ours.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Future #Glory

  • The aquilegia sprinkled on the rocks A scarlet rain; the yellow violet Sat in the chariot of its leaves, the phlox Held spikes of purple flame in meadows wet, And all the streams with vernal-scented reed Were fringed, and streaky bellow of miskodeed.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Rain #Rocks #Flames

  • To Truth's house there is a single door, which is experience.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Doors #House #Experience

  • He teaches best, Who feels the hearts of all men in his breast, And knows their strength or weakness through his own.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Heart #Men #Experience

  • I know I am--that simplest bliss The millions of my brothers miss. I know the fortune to be born, Even to the meanest wretch they scorn.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Brother #Missing #Bliss

  • But still I dream that somewhere there must be The spirit of a child that waits for me.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Dream #Children #Childhood

  • Women are not apt to be won by the charms of verse.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Charm #Verses #Wooing

  • The Prophet's words were true; The mouth of Ali is the golden door Of Wisdom." When his friends to Ali bore These words, he smiled and said: "And should they ask The same until my dying day, the task Were easy; for the stream from Wisdom's well, Which God supplies, is inexhaustible.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Wisdom #Doors #Dying

  • The stream from Wisdom's well, Which God supplies, is inexhaustible.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Wisdom #Streams #Wells

  • Mock jewelry on a woman is tangible vulgarity.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Tangible #Taste #Jewelry

  • There may come a day Which crowns Desire with gift, and Art with truth, And Love with bliss, and Life with wiser youth!
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Success #Art #Desire

  • Life lives only in success.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Success

  • The clouds are scudding across the moon, A misty light is on the sea; The wind in the shrouds has a wintry tune, And the foam is flying free.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Moon #Clouds #Light

  • The knowledge of my sin Is half-repentance.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Half #Sin #Repentance

  • Wrapped in his sad-colored cloak, the Day, like a Puritan, standeth Stern in the joyless fields, rebuking the lingering color,-- Dying hectic of leaves and the chilly blue of the asters,-- Hearing, perchance, the croak of a crow on the desolate tree-top.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Blue #Color #Tree

  • And rest, that strengthens unto virtuous deeds, Is one with Prayer.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Prayer #Deeds #Virtuous

  • Love is better than Fame.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Love #Love Is #Fame

  • Death is not rare, alas! nor burials few, And soon the grassy coverlet of God Spreads equal green above their ashes pale.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Death #Ashes #Green

  • And the wind that saddens, the sea that gladdens, Are singing the selfsame strain.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Pain #Wind #Sea

  • Pansies in soft April rains Fill their stalks with honeyed sap Drawn from Earth's prolific lap.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Rain #Lap #Sap

  • Pens carry further than rifled cannon.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Cannons #Pens

  • Higher than the perfect song For which love longeth, Is the tender fear of wrong, That never wrongeth.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Song #Perfect #Higher

  • By wisdom wealth is won; but riches purchased wisdom yet for none.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Wisdom #Riches #Wealth

  • Sometimes an hour of Fate's serenest weather Strikes through our changeful sky its coming beams; Somewhere above us, in elusive ether, Waits the fulfilment of our dearest dreams.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Dream #Fate #Sky

  • Alone each heart must cover up its dead; Alone, through bitter toil, achieve its rest.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Heart #Solitude #Toil

  • Peace the offspring is of Power.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Peace #Offspring

  • Fame is what you have taken, / Character's what you give; / When to this truth you waken, / Then you begin to live.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Taken #Character #Giving

  • We follow and race In shifting chase, Over the boundless ocean-space! Who hath beheld when the race begun? Who shall behold it run?
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Running #Ocean #Race

  • Swelling in anger or sparkling in glee.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Ocean #Glee #Swelling

  • London has the advantage of one of the most gloomy atmospheres in the world.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Atmosphere #World #London

  • In the glory which overhangs Palestine afar off, we imagine emotions which never come, when we tread the soil and walk over the hallowed sites.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Afar #Soil #Emotion

  • Could one live on the sense of beauty alone, exempt from the necessity of 'creature comforts,' a sea-voyage would be delightful.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Sea #Comfort #Would Be

  • Labor, you know, is prayer.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Prayer #Labor

  • And far and wide, in a scarlet tide, The poppy's bonfire spread.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Tides #Poppies #Bonfire

  • The lamp you lighted in the olden time Will show you my heart's-blood beating through the rhyme: A poet's journal, writ in fire and tears... Then slow deliverance, with the gaps of years...
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Heart #Fire #Blood

  • Voluptuous bloom and fragrance rare The summer to its rose may bring; Far sweeter to the wooing air The hidden violet of spring. Still, still that lovely ghost appears, Too fair, too pure, to bid depart; No riper love of later years Can steal its beauty from the heart.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Love #Summer #Spring

  • Who thinks, at night, that morn will ever be? Who knows, far out upon the central sea, That anywhere is land? And yet, a shore Has set behind us, and will rise before: A past foretells a future...
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Hope #Past #Night

  • From the desert I come to thee, On a stallion shod with fire; And the winds are left behind In the speed of my desire.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Wind #Fire #Desire

  • When May, with cowslip-braided locks, Walks through the land in green attire. And burns in meadow-grass the phlox His torch of purple fire: And when the punctual May arrives, With cowslip-garland on her brow, We know what once she gave our lives, And cannot give us now!
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Fire #Land #Purple

  • The healing of the world is in its nameless saints. Each separate star seems nothing, but a myriad scattered stars break up the night and make it beautiful.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Beautiful #Stars #Healing

  • Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Wise #Opportunity #Men

  • The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Daring

  • Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Perseverance #Hard Work #Excellence

  • Love's humility is love's true pride.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Humility #Pride

  • Really,' thought I, 'we call Baltimore the 'Monumental City' for its two marble columns, and here is Edinburg with one at every street-corner!
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Cities #Two #Baltimore

  • Above Coblentz almost every mountain has a ruin and a legend. One feels everywhere the spirit of the past, and its stirring recollections come back upon the mind with irresistible force.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Past #Mind #Mountain

  • Although Damascus is considered the oldest city in the world, the date of its foundation going beyond tradition, there are very few relics of antiquity in or near it.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Cities #Foundation #World

  • Melrose is the finest remaining specimen of Gothic architecture in Scotland. Some of the sculptured flowers in the cloister arches are remarkably beautiful and delicate, and the two windows - the south and east oriels - are of a lightness and grace of execution really surprising.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Beautiful #Flower #Scotland

  • But who will watch my lilies, When their blossoms open white? By day the sun shall be sentry, And the moon and the stars by night!
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Stars #Moon #Night

  • Eccentricity is developed monomania.
    -- Bayard Taylor

  • Sweeter than the stolen kiss Are the granted kisses
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Kissing #Granted #Stolen

  • True, when you behold Damascus from the Salahiyeh, the last slope of the Anti-Lebanon, it is the realization of all that you have dreamed of Oriental splendor; the world has no picture more dazzling. It is Beauty carried to the Sublime, as I have felt when overlooking some boundless forest of palms within the tropics.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Sublime #Realization #World

  • The nearest approach I have ever seen to the symmetry of ancient sculpture was among the Arab tribes of Ethiopia. Our Saxon race can supply the athlete, but not the Apollo.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Athlete #Race #Apollo

  • The native Jewish families in Jerusalem, as well as those in other parts of Palestine, present a marked difference to the Jews of Europe and America. They possess the same physical characteristics - the dark, oblong eye, the prominent nose, the strongly-marked cheek and jaw - but in the latter, these traits have become harsh and coarse.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Eye #Dark #Europe

  • So far as female beauty is concerned, the Circassian women have no superiors. They have preserved in their mountain home the purity of the Grecian models, and still display the perfect physical loveliness, whose type has descended to us in the Venus de Medici.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Home #Perfect #Mountain

  • Oh! what waves of crime and bloodshed have swept like the waves of a deluge down the valley of the Rhine! War has laid his mailed hand on those desolate towers and ruthlessly torn down what time has spared, yet he could not mar the beauty of the shore, nor could Time himself hurl down the mountains that guard it.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #War #Hands #Mountain

  • It is an agreeable and yet a painful sense of novelty to stand for the first time in the midst of a people whose language and manners are different from one's own.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #People #Different #Firsts

  • I was pleasantly disappointed on entering Bohemia. Instead of a dull, uninteresting country, as I expected, it is a land full of the most lovely scenery. There is every thing which can gratify the eye - high blue mountains, valleys of the sweetest pastoral look and romantic old ruins.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Country #Eye #Blue

  • I envy those old Greek bathers, into whose hands were delivered Pericles, and Alcibiades, and the perfect models of Phidias. They had daily before their eyes the highest types of Beauty which the world has ever produced; for of all things that are beautiful, the human body is the crown.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Beautiful #Eye #Hands

  • I cannot assume emotions I do not feel, and must describe Jerusalem as I found it. Since being here, I have read the accounts of several travellers, and in many cases the devotional rhapsodies - the ecstacies of awe and reverence - in which they indulge, strike me as forced and affected.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Jerusalem #Emotion #Assuming

  • As I toiled up the Mount of Olives, in the very footsteps of Christ, panting with the heat and the difficult ascent, I found it utterly impossible to conceive that the Deity, in human form, had walked there before me.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Ascent #Olives #Deities

  • An enthusiastic desire of visiting the Old World haunted me from early childhood. I cherished a presentiment, amounting almost to belief, that I should one day behold the scenes, among which my fancy had so long wandered.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #Long #Childhood #Desire

  • The loving are the daring.
    -- Bayard Taylor

    #First Love #Daring