Best Quotes by John Clare (Top 10)

  1. I found the poems in the fields,And only wrote them down.
  2. I am: yet what I am none cares or knows, My friends forsake me like a memory lost; I am the self-consumer of my woes, They rise and vanish in oblivious host, Like shades in love and death's oblivion lost; And yet I am, and live with shadows tost.
  3. If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs.
  4. Language has not the power to speak what love indites: The soul lies buried in the ink that writes.
  5. Into the nothingness of scorn and noise, Into the living sea of waking dreams, Where there is neither sense of life or joys, But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems; And e'en the dearest—that I love the best— Are strange—nay, rather stranger than the rest.
  6. The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one, for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing.
  7. Crowded places, I shunned them as noises too rude / And flew to the silence of sweet solitude.
  8. I long for scenes where man has never trod; A place where woman never smil'd or wept; There to abide with my creator, God, And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept: Untroubling and untroubled where I lie; The grass below—above the vaulted sky.
  9. I hid my love when young till I Couldn't bear the buzzing of a fly; I hid my life to my despite Till I could not bear to look at light: I dare not gaze upon her face But left her memory in each place; Where'er I saw a wild flower lie I kissed and bade my love good-bye.
  10. Old April wanes, and her last dewy morn Her death-bed steeps in tears; to hail the May New blooming blossoms neath the sun are born, And all poor April's charms are swept away.