Gerard Manley Hopkins

(28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 / Stratford, Essex)

Gerard Manley Hopkins Quotes

  • ''It seems then that it is not the excellence of any two things (or more) in themselves, but those two things as viewed by the light of each other, that makes beauty.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. On the Origin of Beauty: A Platonic Dialogue. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    10 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • ''For myself I make no secret, I look forward with eager desire to seeing the matchless beauty of Christ's body in the heavenly light.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. sermon, Nov. 23, 1879. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    6 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • ''Searching nature I taste self but at one tankard, that of my own being.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Comments on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    5 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • ''Even with one companion ecstasy is almost banished.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Journal, July 25, 1868. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953). Describing his ascent of the Breithorn during a trip to Switzerland with his Oxford colleague, Edward Bond.
    5 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • ''By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they left the world the notion of a gentleman, they would have done a great service to mankind.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Feb. 3, 1883, to Robert Bridges. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    6 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • ''All the world is full of inscape and chance left free to act falls into an order as well as purpose.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. journal, Feb. 24, 1873. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    4 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • ''It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Diary, April 1864. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    3 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • ''I think that the trivialness of life is, and personally to each one, ought to be seen to be, done away with by the Incarnation.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Jan. 22, 1866, to E.H. Coleridge. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    4 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • ''Do you know, a horrible thing has happened to me. I have begun to doubt Tennyson.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. letter, Sept. 10, 1864, to A.W.M. Baillie. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    3 person liked.
    5 person did not like.
  • ''I consider my selfbeing ... that taste of myself, of I and me above and in all things, which is more distinctive than the taste of ale or alum, more distinctive than the smell of walnutleaf or camphor, and is incommunicable by any means to another man.''
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Comments on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
    6 person liked.
    5 person did not like.

Read more quotations »
Best Poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Spring And Fall: To A Young Child

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

Read the full of Spring And Fall: To A Young Child

The Lantern Out Of Doors

Sometimes a lantern moves along the night,
That interests our eyes. And who goes there?
I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where,
With, all down darkness wide, his wading light?

Men go by me whom either beauty bright
In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.

[Report Error]