Elizabeth Barrett Browning

10 Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes for International Women’s Day

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a day where voices are heard and change is the ultimate theme every single year. What better way to look toward the future than remember the strong words of the past? One English poet and author who saw women as the powerful individuals they are was Elizabeth Barrett Browning.


A voice for the oppressed, Elizabeth Barrett Browning challenged the roles of women in the Victorian household. She had the courage to profess her views that went against the grains of society. She filled her mind with Greek, Latin, and Roman histories and used her knowledge and fearless attitude to empower the women around her. Her poems are some of the most beautiful that history holds. Take a look at these lovely quotes and feel no fear:



 “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach”


“You’re something between a dream and a miracle.”



“Why, what is to live? Not to eat and drink and breathe,—but to feel the life in you down all the fibres of being, passionately and joyfully.”



“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.”



“The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play.”



“What we call Life is a condition of the soul. And the soul must improve in happiness and wisdom, except by its own fault. These tears in our eyes, these faintings of the flesh, will not hinder such improvement.”



“Of writing many books there is no end;
And I who have written much in prose and verse
For others’ uses, will write now for mine,-
Will write my story for my better self,
As when you paint your portrait for a friend,
Who keeps it in a drawer and looks at it
Long after he has ceased to love you, just
To hold together what he was and is.”



“She lived, we’ll say,
A harmless life, she called a
virtuous life,
A quiet life, which was not life at all
(But that she had not lived enough to know)”



“Yes, I answered you last night;
No, this morning, sir, I say:
Colors seen by candle-light
Will not look the same by day.”



“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”





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