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 :: 1806-1861, British Poet

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The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, to put on when you're weary -- or a stool. To stumble over and vex you... ''curse that stool!'' Or else at best, a cushion, where you lean and sleep, and dream of something we are not, but would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this... that, after all, we are paid the worth of our work, perhaps.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Housework]

 

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The world's male chivalry has perished out, but women are knights-errant to the last; and, if Cervantes had been greater still, he had made his Don a Donna.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Courage]

 

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For 'Tis not in mere death that men die most.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Death and Dying]

 

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What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just deed -- and not for pay? Absurd -- or insincere?
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Deeds and Good Deeds]

 

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The devil's most devilish when respectable.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Devil]

 

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At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Dictionaries]

 

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Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all. What then? Who's sorry for a gnat or girl?
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Embarrassment]

 

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A woman's always younger than a man at equal years.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Age and Aging]

 

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What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Arts and Artists]

 

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The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Beauty]

 

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Books succeed, and lives fail.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Books and Reading]

 

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Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, --where, creeping in and out among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first. And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark. An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Books and Reading]

 

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But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Children]

 

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A woman cannot do the thing she ought, which means whatever perfect thing she can, in life, in art, in science, but she fears to let the perfect action take her part and rest there: she must prove what she can do before she does it, -- prate of woman's rights, of woman's mission, woman's function, till the men (who are prating, too, on their side) cry, ''A woman's function plainly is... to talk.'' Poor souls, they are very reasonably vexed!
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Women]

 

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Eve is a twofold mystery.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Women]

 

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Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor's done.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [Work]

 

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He, in his developed manhood, stood, a little sunburn by the glare of life.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning - [World]

 

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