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Quotes of the day: Alfred Lord Tennyson

Published Wednesday, August 05, 2015 @ 5:02 PM EDT
Aug 05 2015

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (August 6, 1809 – October 6, 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. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

Ah, why should life all labor be?

Better not be at all than not be noble.

God's finger touched him, and he slept.

He makes no friend who never made a foe.

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier'...

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

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Man is the hunter; woman is his game.
The sleek and shining creatures of the chase,
We hunt them for the beauty of their skins;
They love us for it, and we ride them down.

Men, at most, differ as heaven and earth; But women, worst and best, as heaven and hell.

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.

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.

Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.

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

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

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

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.


(August 6 is also the birthday of Piers Anthony and Andy Warhol.)

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