To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
We loved with a love that was more than love.
The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
I need scarcely observe that a poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement.