20+ Best William Wordsworth Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Born in England in 1770, poet William Wordsworth worked with Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Lyrical Ballads (1798). 

The collection, which contained Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey,” introduced Romanticism to English poetry. 

Wordsworth also showed his affinity for nature with the famous poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” He became England’s poet laureate in 1843, a role he held until his death in 1850.

We have compiled a list of William Wordsworth quotes for you to read.


William Wordsworth Quotes

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.


Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.


The ocean is a mighty harmonist.


With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.


The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours.


A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.


Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.


Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.


To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.


How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.


Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.


Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.


What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars.


The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.


In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn’t know what he is doing.


Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity.



Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.


The things which I have seen I now can see no more.


That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.


Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.


The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.


Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.


The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.


Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more.


Faith is a passionate intuition.


The child is father of the man.


Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come.


Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.


To begin, begin.


That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.


For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.


But an old age serene and bright, and lovely as a Lapland night, shall lead thee to thy grave.


Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.


When from our better selves we have too long been parted by the hurrying world, and droop. Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired, how gracious, how benign is solitude.


The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.


What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.


One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.


I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more.

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