The Romantic writer Robert Southey was born on this date in 1774. He composed poetry, essays, romances, travelogues, plays, sonnets, and biographies among many other types of literature. He read the works of other renowned writers including Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Rousseau, Paine, and Voltaire. One of Southey’s most famous works is Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
To celebrate the late Southey on his 247 birthday, here are fifteen quotes from this incredible writer!
“A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in a garden.”
“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”
“Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.”
“The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.”
“All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.”
“What will not woman, gentle woman dare; when strong affection stirs her spirit up?”
“If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”
“Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.”
“There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never know beyond its hallowed limits.”
“Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live; Not where I love, but where I am, I die.”