Robert Browning Quotes

Robert Browning, 1812 – 1889

Born: 7 May 1812, Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: 12 December 1889, Venice, Italy

The son of a wealthy clerk at the Bank of England, Browning spent much of his youth unsupervised in his father’s private library of 6,000 volumes, which served as his primary education. He learned several language and wrote his first poetry by age twelve. He entered several private schools, disliked each of them, and was provided with tutors. He entered University College of London but left after a year. His family published his early poetry, some of which earned critical success. In 1844 he began a correspondence with Elizabeth Barrett, a well-known poet but a semi-invalid living with her father. They married secretly in 1846 and moved to Pisa for a year, then took up residence at Fiorenza. The Brownings had one son, known as “Pen”, and Robert largely devoted himself to caring for his wife, writing some but publishing nothing until Elizabeth’s death in 1865. Browning left Italy for seventeen years and traveled extensively but returned to Italy and died at his son’s home at Venezia. The day he died his last book, Asolando, was published and the city council of Venezia approved his purchase of a home there. No room was available in the cemetery where Elizabeth was buried, he is interred Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey, adjacent to Alfred Tennyson.

Robert Browning quotes:

A minute’s success pays the failure of years.
    Robert Browning – “Apollo and the Fates” (1887)

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp
or what’s a heaven for?
    Robert Browning – “Andrea del Sarto”, Men and Women (1855)

All June I bound the rose in sheaves,
Now, rose by rose, I strip the leaves.
    Robert Browning – “One Way of Love”

All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower.
    Robert Browning – “Home-Thoughts, from Abroad”, Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845)

And gain is gain, however small.
    Robert Browning – Paracelsus (1835)

And the muttering grew to a grumbling;
And the grumbling grew to a mighty rumbling;
And out of the houses the rats came tumbling.
    Robert Browning – The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1842)

Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay.
    Robert Browning – Paracelsus (1835)

But there are times when patience proves at fault.
    Robert Browning – Paracelsus (1835)

But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall, and baffled, get up and begin again.
    Robert Browning

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
    Robert Browning – “Rabbi Ben Ezra”, Dramatis Personae (1864)

Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.
    Robert Browning – The Ring and the Book (1868)

Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
    Robert Browning

God is the perfect poet,
Who in his person acts his own creations.
    Robert Browning – Paracelsus (1835)

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith, “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”
    Robert Browning – “Rabbi Ben Ezra”, Dramatis Personae (1864)

He said, ‘What’s time? Leave Now for dogs and apes!
Man has Forever.’
    Robert Browning

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