Charles Kingsley

(12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875 / Devon, England)

Quotations

  • ''There is a great deal of human nature in man.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. At Last, ch. 2 (1872). Quoting the words of "the wise Yankee."
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  • ''We have used the Bible as if it was a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are being overloaded.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. Politics for the People, no. 4 (May 27, 1848). Letters to the Chartists, no. 2, The Works of Charles Kingsley (1880-1885). Kingsley signed his numerous articles on the theme of Christian Socialism, "Parson Lot." His notion of religion as "an opium dose" recalls Marx. (See religion.).
  • ''We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. From the second of his letters to the Chartists by "Parson Lot." Politics for the People (May 27, 1848). Published in the fourth issue of the Christian Socialist paper Politics for the People.
  • ''The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth, or a man or woman left to say, I will redress that wrong, or spend my life in the attempt.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. Quoted in Charles Kingsley: His Letters and Memories of His Life, vol. 2, ch. 28, Mrs. C. Kingsley (1879).
  • ''And now I'm old and going—I'm sure I can't tell where;
    One comfort is, this world's so hard, I can't be worse off there:''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British poet. The Last Buccaneer (l. 29-30). . . Everyman's Book of Victorian Verse. J. R. Watson, ed. (1982) J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.
  • ''Oh England is a pleasant place for them that's rich and high,
    But England is a cruel place for such poor folks as I;''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British poet. The Last Buccaneer (l. 1-2). . . Everyman's Book of Victorian Verse. J. R. Watson, ed. (1982) J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.
  • ''For men must work, and women must weep,
    And there's little to earn, and many to keep,
    Though the harbour bar be moaning.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British author, clergyman. repr. In The Works of Charles Kingsley (1880-1885). The Three Fishers, st. 1 (1851).
  • ''And the sooner it's over, the sooner to sleep;
    And good-bye to the bar and its moaning.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British poet. The Three Fishers (l. 20-21). . . The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse. Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (1971) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Young blood must have its course, lad,
    And every dog his day.''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British poet. The Water Babies (l. 20-21). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''When all the world is young, lad,
    And all the trees are green;
    And every goose a swan, lad,
    And every lass a queen;''
    Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), British poet. The Water Babies (l. 20-21). . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1973) Oxford University Press.

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A Myth

A FLOATING, a floating
Across the sleeping sea,
All night I heard a singing bird
Upon the topmast tree.

“Oh, came you from the isles of Greece
Or from the banks of Seine;
Or off some tree in forests free,
Which fringe the western main?”

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