Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.  A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language. He is the ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Authority forgets a dying king.

Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.

A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery of his passions.

Men, at most, differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.

I must lose myself in action lest I wither in despair.

The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts.

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care for speech is but the dialer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.

There's no glory like those who save their country.

A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.

Ours not to reason why ours but to do and die.

God's finger touched him and he slept.

My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.

In the long years liker they must grow, The man be more of woman she of man.

Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature moulding men.

O earth what changes hast thou seen!

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