Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 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. Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, such as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears" and "Crossing the Bar". Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as Ulysses, although In Memoriam A.H.H. was written to commemorate his friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and student at Trinity College, Cambridge, after he died of a stroke aged just 22. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verse including Idylls of the King, "Ulysses", and "Tithonus". During his career, Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success. A number of phrases from Tennyson's work have become commonplaces of the English language, i... More


Alfred Lord Tennyson Quotes

Alfred Lord Tennyson #Nature

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Alone #Power

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Change

Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Dreams

Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Faith

There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #God

God's finger touched him, and he slept.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Happiness

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Home #Smile

A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Knowledge #Wisdom

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Love

Love is the only gold.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Nature

And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Strength

My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Sympathy

A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Wisdom

Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Experience

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Truth

A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Love

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Work

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.
Alfred Lord Tennyson #Best #Women

Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.