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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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Best Poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins

God's Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge |&| shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
...

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The Handsome Heart

at a Gracious Answer


‘But tell me, child, your choice; what shall I buy
You?’—‘Father, what you buy me I like best.’
With the sweetest air that said, still plied and pressed,
He swung to his first poised purport of reply.

What the heart is! which, like carriers let fly—

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