Gerard Manley Hopkins Quotes

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).
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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).
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That is the great end of empires before God, to be Catholic and draw nations into their Catholicism. But our empire is less and less Christian as it grows.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Letter, June 4, 1886, to Coventry Patmore. Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God some glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Conclusion of "The Principle or Foundation." Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W.H. Gardner (1953). an address based on The Spiritual Exercises, written by St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), the Spanish founder of the Society of Jesus. The Exercises, a series of guided meditations which serves as a key text in Jesuit spirituality, were an important influence on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
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Nothing is so beautiful as Spring— When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Spring (l. 1-2). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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Nothing is so beautiful as spring— When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet, Jesuit priest. Spring, st. 1 (written 1877), published in Poems (1918).
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It is the blight man was born for,
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), British poet. Spring and Fall (l. 14). . . Gerard Manley Hopkins. Catherine Phillips, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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