Alice Meynell

(22 September 1847 - 27 November 1922 / London)

Quotations

  • ''If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "Solitude," Essays (1914).
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  • ''Let a man turn to his own childhood—no further—if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The Illusion of Historic Time," Essays (1914).
  • ''The true colour of life is the colour of the body, the colour of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses. It is the modest colour of the unpublished blood.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The True Colour of Life," Essays (1914).
  • ''It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, when Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The True Colour of Life," Essays (1914).

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After Parting

Farewell has long been said; I have forgone thee;
I never name thee even.
But how shall I learn virtues and yet shun thee?
For thou art so near Heaven
That Heavenward meditations pause upon thee.

Thou dost beset the path to every shrine;
My trembling thoughts discern
Thy goodness in the good for which I pine;

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