Robert Southey Quotes (134 quotes)
“What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails, And such are little boys made of.”
What All the World Is Made Of (ca. 1820)
“How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems.”
Poetical works, A Tale of Paraguay, Canto IV, St. LIV
“It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”
As quoted in: Many thoughts of many minds. Compiled by H. Southgate (1862), p. 71
“Never let man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain.”
Sir Thomas More, or, Colloquies on the progress and prospects of society, Volume 1 (1829 edition), p. 221
“How, then, was the Devil dressed?
Oh! he was in his Sunday's best;
His coat was red, and his breeches were blue,
And there was a hole where his tail came through.”
The Devil's Walk (1799)
The Doctor, &c. Vol. IV (1837), p. 328
“Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.”
Madoc [poem] (1805), Part one: Madoc in Wales
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsRobert Southey
Born: August 12, 1774
Died: March 21, 1843 (aged 68)
Bio: Robert Southey was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called Lake Poets, and Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843. Although his fame has been long eclipsed by that of his contemporaries and friends William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Southey's verse still enjoys some popularity.
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