Robert Southey quotes

  • There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never know beyond its hallowed limits.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Home #Circles #Magic

  • No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Friendship #Missing You #Goodbye

  • All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Life #Lying #Practice

  • By writing much, one learns to write well.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Writing #Wells

  • Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Years #Long #Age

  • Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. They appear so while they are passing; they seem to have been so when we look back on them; and they take up more room in our memory than all the years that succeed them.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Happiness #Memories #Years

  • A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Cat #Garden #Animal

  • The three indispensable of genius are: understanding, feeling, and perseverance; the three things that enrich genius are: contentment of mind, the cherishing of good thoughts, and the exercise of memory
    -- Robert Southey

    #Perseverance #Memories #Exercise

  • It is with words as with sunbeams-the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Happiness #Sunbeams #Deeper

  • The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Farewell #Loss #May

  • Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray, Each in the other melting.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Sky #Promise #Lovely

  • In the days of my youth I remembered my God! And He hath not forgotten my age.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Age #Youth #Aging

  • There is healing in the bitter cup.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Healing #Affliction #Cups

  • As sure as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Evil #Necessary Evil

  • Love is indestructible, Its holy flame forever burneth; From heaven it came, to heaven returneth.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Love #Flames #Forever

  • "You are old, Father William," the young man cried, "The few locks which are left you are gray; You are hale, Father William, a hearty old man,- Now tell me the reason I pray."
    -- Robert Southey

    #Father #Men #Locks

  • There is another world for all that live and move-a better one!
    -- Robert Southey

    #Dog #Moving #World

  • From its fountains In the mountains, Its rills and its gills; Through moss and through brake, It runs and it creeps For awhile till it sleeps In its own little Lake. And thence at departing, Awakening and starting, It runs through the reeds And away it proceeds, Through meadow and glade, In sun and in shade, And through the wood-shelter, Among crags in its flurry, Helter-skelter, Hurry-scurry.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Running #Sleep #Rivers

  • The grave is but the threshold of eternity. What a world were this, how unendurable its weight, If they whom death hath sundered, did not meet again!
    -- Robert Southey

    #World #Weight #Eternity

  • It behooves us always to bear in mind, that while actions are always to be judged by the immutable standard of right and wrong, the judgments which we pass upon men must be qualified by considerations of age, country, station, and other accidental circumstances; and it will then be found that he who is most charitable in his judgment is generally the least unjust.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Country #Men #Mind

  • There are three things in speech that ought to be considered before some things are spoken--the manner, the place and the time.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Three #Speech

  • How beautiful is night! A dewy freshness fills the silent air; No mist obscures; nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain, Breaks the serene of heaven: In full-orbed glory, yonder moon divine Rolls through the dark blue depths; Beneath her steady ray The desert circle spreads Like the round ocean, girdled with the sky. How beautiful is night!
    -- Robert Southey

    #Beautiful #Ocean #Dark

  • Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Book #Giving #Rooms

  • The march of intellect is proceeding at quick time; and if its progress be not accompanied by a corresponding improvement in morals and religion, the faster it proceeds, with the more violence will you be hurried down the road to ruin.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Intelligence #Progress #Ruins

  • The solitary Bee Whose buzzing was the only sound of life, Flew there on restless wing, Seeking in vain one blossom where to fix.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Wings #Bees #Sound

  • The true one of youth's love, proving a faithful helpmate in those years when the dream of life is over, and we live in its realities.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Love #Dream #Reality

  • Take away love, and not physical nature only, but the heart of the moral world, would be palsied.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Love #Heart #World

  • Our knowledge, is our power, and God our strength.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Knowledge

  • Among the poor, the approach of dissolution is usually regarded with a quiet and natural composure, which it is consolatory to contemplate, and which is as far removed from the dead palsy of unbelief as it is from the delirious raptures of fanaticism. Theirs is a true, unhesitating faith, and they are willing to lay down the burden of e weary life, in the sure and certain hope of a blessed immortality.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Death #Blessed #Quiet

  • That charity is bad which takes from independence its proper pride, from mendicity its salutary shame.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Pride #Independence #Charity

  • Go, little Book! From this my solitude I cast thee on the Waters,--go thy ways: And if, as I believe, thy vein be good, The World will find thee after many days. Be it with thee according to thy worth: Go, little Book; in faith I send thee forth.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Book #Believe #Water

  • Without religion the highest endowments of intellect can only render the possessor more dangerous if he be ill disposed; if well disposed, only more unhappy.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Religion #Unhappy #Dangerous

  • I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles. I pack them in as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Eye #Littles #Annoying

  • For a young and presumptuous poet a disposition to write satires is one of the most dangerous he can encourage. It tempts him to personalities, which are not always forgiven after he has repented and become ashamed of them.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Writing #Personality #Poet

  • How beautiful is night! A dewy freshness fills the silent air; No mist obscures, nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain, Breaks the serene of heaven.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Beautiful #Night #Air

  • O Reader! hast thou eer stood to see The Holly-tree? The eye that contemplates it well perceies Its glossy leaes Ordered by an Intelligence so wise As might confound the Atheist's sophistries.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Wise #Atheist #Eye

  • They who once engage in iniquitous designs miserably deceive themselves when they think that they will go so far and no farther; one fault begets another, one crime renders another necessary; and thus they are impelled continually downward into a depth of guilt, which at the commencement of their career they would have died rather than have incurred.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Thinking #Careers #Design

  • One fault begets another; one crime renders another necessary.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Guilt #Faults #Crime

  • Where Washington hath left His awful memory A light for after times!
    -- Robert Southey

    #Memories #Light #Awful

  • Whoever has tasted the breath of morning knows that the most invigorating and most delightful hours of then day are commonly spent in bed; though it is the evident intention of nature that we should enjoy and profit by them.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Morning #Bed #Kick Ass

  • Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live; Not where I love, but where I am, I die.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Love #Breathe

  • I cannot believe in an eternity of hell. I hope God will forgive me if I err; but in this matter I cannot say, "Lord help my unbelief."
    -- Robert Southey

    #Believe #Forgive Me #Forgiving

  • And everybody praised the Duke Who this great fight did win. "But what good came of it at last?" Quoth little Peterkin. "Why, that I cannot tell," said he, "But 'twas a famous victory."
    -- Robert Southey

    #Fighting #Winning #Victory

  • Oh, when a mother meets on high The babe she lost in infancy, Hath she not then for pains and fears, The day of woe, the watchful night, For all her sorrow, all her tears, An over-payment of delight?
    -- Robert Southey

    #Mother #Pain #Night

  • It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutalized his nature and quenched the spirit of immortality which is his portion.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Dream #Nature #Men

  • I have told you of the Spaniard who always put on his spectacles when about to eat cherries, that they might look bigger and more attempting. In like manner I made the most of my enjoyment s: and through I do not cast my cares away, I pack them in as little compass as I can, and carry them as conveniently as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Looks #Care #Littles

  • Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Mean #Men #Evil

  • Whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that is sin to you, however, innocent it may be in itself.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Strength #Over You #Mind

  • They sin who tell us Love can die: With life all other passions fly, All others are but vanity, In Heaven Ambition cannot dwell, Nor Avarice in the vaults of Hell.
    -- Robert Southey

    #Life #Ambition #Passion