The Fifty Most Quoted Lines of Poetry

50The mind is its own place, and in itself/[Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n] 403,000 Milton
49Full fathom five thy father lies 438,000 Shakespeare
48If you can keep your head when all about you 447,000Kipling
47. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways 467,000Elizabeth Barrett Browning
46If music be the food of love, play on 507,000 Shakespeare
45We few, we happy few, we band of brothers 521,000Shakespeare
44What is this life if, full of care,/We have no time to stand and stare 528,000 W.H. Davies
43The moving finger writes; and, having writ,/Moves on571,000 Edward Fitzgerald
42They also serve who only stand and wait 584,000 Milton
41The quality of mercy is not strained 589,000 Shakespeare
40In Xanadu did Kubla Khan 594,000 Coleridge
39Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears 615,000Shakespeare
38Shall I compare thee to a summers day 638,000 Shakespeare
37Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness 641,000 Keats
36A thing of beauty is a joy forever 649,000 Keats
35Do not go gentle into that good night 665,000 Dylan Thomas
34Busy old fool, unruly sun 675,000 John Donne
33Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone 741,000 Auden
32Human kind/Cannot bear very much reality 891,000 T.S. Eliot
31O Romeo, Romeo; wherefore art thou Romeo 912,000Shakespeare
30The lady doth protest too much, methinks 929,000Shakespeare
29The old lie: Dulce et Decorum Est 990,000 Wilfred Owen
28Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose 1,050,000 Gertrude Stein
27When I am an old woman I shall wear purple 1,060,000Jenny Joseph
26I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree. 1,080,000 Joyce Kilmer
25Hope springs eternal in the human breast 1,080,000 Alexander Pope
24When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes 1,100,000Shakespeare
23I grow old... I grow old.../I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled 1,140,000 T.S. Eliot
22'The time has come', the Walrus said,/'To talk of many things'1,300,000 Lewis Carroll
21A narrow fellow in the grass 1,310,000 Emily Dickinson
20Beauty is truth, truth beauty; that is all 1,470,000 Keats
19To be or not to be: that is the question 1,640,000 Shakespeare
18In Flanders fields the poppies blow 1,640,000 John McCrae
17. The proper study of mankind is man 1,770,000 Alexander Pope
16A little learning is a dangerous thing 1,860,000 Alexander Pope
15But at my back I always hear 2,010,000 Marvell
14Candy/Is dandy/But liquor/Is quicker 2,150,000 Ogden Nash
13My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun 2,230,000Shakespeare
12Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold 2,330,000W.B.Yeats
11Because I could not stop for death/He kindly stopped for me 2,360,000 Emily Dickinson
10Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all 2,400,000 Tennyson
9Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair 3,080,000 Shelley
8To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield 3,140,000 Tennyson
7Tread softly because you tread on my dreams 4,860,000 W.B. Yeats
6Not with a bang but a whimper 5,280,000 T.S. Eliot
5And miles to go before I sleep 5,350,000 Robert Frost
4I wandered lonely as a cloud 8,000,000 Wordsworth
3The child is father of the man 9,420,000 Wordsworth
2I am the master of my fate 14,700,000 William Ernest Henley
1To err is human; to forgive, divine 14,800,000 Alexander Pope


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