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Anne Bradstreet

  • Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Meditations Divine and Moral" (1664), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • Some laborers have hard hands, and old sinners have brawny consciences.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Meditations Divine and Moral" (1664), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Meditations Divine and Moral" (1664), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Meditations Divine and Moral" (1664), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • The stones and trees, insensible to time, / Nor age nor wrinkle on their front are seen; / If Winter come, and greenness then do fade / A Spring returns, and they more youthful made; / But man grows old, lies down, remains where once he's laid.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Contemplations" (1650), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • O Time the fatal wrack of mortal things ...

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Contemplations" (1650), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "Meditations Divine and Moral" (1664), in John Harvard Ellis, ed., The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • Let Greeks be Greeks, and women what they are.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • prologue, "The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America" (1650), in John Harvard Ellis, ed, The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • I am obnoxious to each carping tongue / Who says my hand a needle better fits, / A poet's pen all scorn I should thus wrong, / For such despite they cast on female wits: / If what I do prove well, it won't advance, / They'll say it's stol'n, or else it was by chance.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • prologue, "The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America" (1650), in John Harvard Ellis, ed, The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse ()
  • If ever two were one, then surely we, / If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee; / If ever wife was happy in a man, / Compare with me, ye women, if you can.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "To My Dear and Loving Husband" (1678), in Frank Easton Hopkins, ed., The Poems of Mrs. Anne Bradstreet 1612-1672: Together With Her Prose Remains ()
  • This book, by any yet unread, / I leave for you when I am dead, / That, being gone, here you may find / What was your living mother's mind. / Make use of what I leave in love, / And God shall bless you from above.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "To My Dear Children" (1656), in Frank Easton Hopkins, ed., The Poems of Mrs. Anne Bradstreet 1612-1672: Together With Her Prose Remains ()
  • My age I will not once lament, / But sing, my time so near is spent.

    • Anne Bradstreet,
    • "I Had Eight Birds" (1678), in Jeannine Hensley, ed., Works of Anne Bradstreet ()

Anne Bradstreet, U.S. poet

(1612 - 1672)

Full name: Anne Dudley Bradstreet.