Celebrating 17 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY™
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “I have no satisfaction in formulas unless I feel their arithmetical magnitude.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Dictionary of Science Quotations > Scientist Names Index T > Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes

Lord Alfred Tennyson
(6 Aug 1809 - 6 Oct 1892)

English poet who succeeded William Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850, which position he held for 42 years. His famous works include The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Science Quotes by Lord Alfred Tennyson (21 quotes)

Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life; ...
'So careful of the type', but no.
From scarped cliff and quarried stone
She cries, 'A thousand types are gone:
I care for nothing, all shall go' ...
Man, her last work, who seemed so fair,
Such splendid purpose in his eyes,
Who rolled the psalm to wintry skies,
Who built him fanes of fruitless prayer,
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law—
Tho’ Nature red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shrieked against his creed...
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In Memoriam A. H. H. (1850), Cantos 56-57. Collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 176.
Science quotes on:  |  Care (56)  |  Claw (6)  |  Cliff (5)  |  Creation (192)  |  Creed (9)  |  Cry (9)  |  Dream (66)  |  Evolution (437)  |  Eye (128)  |  Fairness (2)  |  God (316)  |  Law (366)  |  Love (115)  |  Man (327)  |  Nature (841)  |  Nothing (182)  |  Prayer (11)  |  Purpose (111)  |  Quarry (8)  |  Ravine (5)  |  Red (22)  |  Rolling (3)  |  Scarp (2)  |  Sky (54)  |  Splendid (6)  |  Stone (51)  |  Strife (9)  |  Thousand (80)  |  Tooth (21)  |  Trust (31)  |  Type (23)  |  Winter (20)  |  Work (330)

Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life…
So careful of the type, but no.
From scarped cliff and quarried stone
She cries, “A thousand types are gone;
I care for nothing, all shall go.”
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
From poem, 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' written between 1833-50, and first published anonymously in 1850. Collected in Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson (1860), Vol.2, 64.
Science quotes on:  |  Care (56)  |  Careful (9)  |  Careless (3)  |  Cliff (5)  |  Cry (9)  |  Dream (66)  |  Evil (51)  |  Extinction (50)  |  Fossil (97)  |  God (316)  |  Life (712)  |  Nature (841)  |  Nothing (182)  |  Paleontology (25)  |  Quarry (8)  |  Scarp (2)  |  Seem (24)  |  Single (45)  |  Stone (51)  |  Strife (9)  |  Thousand (80)  |  Type (23)

Evolution ever climbing after some ideal good,
And Reversion ever dragging Evolution in the mud.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Locksley Hall Sixty Years After' (1886), collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 522.
Science quotes on:  |  Climbing (4)  |  Dragging (2)  |  Evolution (437)  |  Good (150)  |  Ideal (36)  |  Mud (14)  |  Reversion (3)

Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies;—
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In The Holy Grail: and Other Poems (1870), 165.
Science quotes on:  |  Botany (45)  |  Cranny (2)  |  Flower (52)  |  God (316)  |  Hand (66)  |  Hold (35)  |  Investigation (115)  |  Man (327)  |  Root (33)  |  Understanding (312)  |  Wall (17)

Forward, forward let us range,
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Locksley Hall' (1842), collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 94.
Science quotes on:  |  Change (230)  |  Down (18)  |  Forward (12)  |  Great (158)  |  Range (24)  |  Spin (6)  |  World (481)

Here about the beach I wandered, nourishing a youth sublime
With the fairy tales of science, and the long result of Time.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Locksley Hall' (1842), collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 90.
Science quotes on:  |  Beach (12)  |  Fairy Tale (6)  |  Nourishment (13)  |  Result (198)  |  Science (1331)  |  Sublime (14)  |  Time (313)  |  Wandering (5)  |  Youth (52)

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.…
And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river;
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
From 'Song of the Brook' (1842), collected in The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson (1873), 142.
Science quotes on:  |  Bay (2)  |  Brimming (2)  |  Bubble (11)  |  Chatter (3)  |  Curve (16)  |  Eddy (2)  |  Flow (21)  |  Forever (23)  |  Hydrology (4)  |  Join (7)  |  Pebble (17)  |  River (55)  |  Sharp (9)  |  Stone (51)

I [Man] the heir of all the ages, in the foremost files of time.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In 'Locksley Hall', Poems (1842), Vol. 1, 110.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (102)  |  File (3)  |  Foremost (4)  |  Heir (6)  |  Man (327)  |  Time (313)

Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Locksley Hall' (1842), collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 93.
Science quotes on:  |  Knowledge (1003)  |  Wisdom (126)

Like truths of Science waiting to be caught—
Catch me who can…
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In poem, 'The Golden Year', collected in The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson (1861), 180.
Science quotes on:  |  Catch (15)  |  Caught (2)  |  Science (1331)  |  Truth (650)  |  Wait (28)

Mastering the lawless science of our law,—
That codeless myriad of precedent,
That wilderness of single instances.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Aylmer’s Field.' The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate (1869), 341.
Science quotes on:  |  Law (366)  |  Precedent (4)

Men, my brothers, men the workers, ever reaping something new,
That which they have done but earnest of the things which they shall do.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
Stanza in poem 'Locksley Hall' (1842) in The Complete Works of Alfred Tennyson (1880), 64.
Science quotes on:  |  Brother (11)  |  Doing (35)  |  Man (327)  |  New (247)  |  Reaping (4)  |  Thing (37)  |  Worker (16)

Nature, red in tooth and claw.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In Memoriam A. H. H. (1850), Canto 56. Collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 176.
Science quotes on:  |  Claw (6)  |  Nature (841)  |  Red (22)  |  Tooth (21)

Science grows and Beauty dwindles.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Locksley Hall Sixty Years After' (1886), collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 523.
Science quotes on:  |  Beauty (143)  |  Dwindling (3)  |  Growth (102)  |  Science (1331)

Science moves, but slowly, slowly, creeping on from point to point.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In poem, 'Locksley Hall', collected in Poems by Alfred Tennyson (1842), Vol. 1, 105.

Science moves, but slowly, slowly, creeping on from point to point. ...
Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs,
And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.…
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers…
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In poem, 'Locksley Hall', collected in Poems by Alfred Tennyson (1842), Vol. 1, 105-106.
Science quotes on:  |  Creep (5)  |  Knowledge (1003)  |  Move (30)  |  Movement (50)  |  Point (46)  |  Process (164)  |  Purpose (111)  |  Science (1331)  |  Slowly (9)  |  Sun (173)  |  Thought (281)  |  Wisdom (126)

There rolls the deep where grew the tree.
O earth, what changes hast thou seen!
There where the long street roars, hath been
The stillness of the central sea.
The hills are shadows, and they flow
From form to form, and nothing stands;
They melt like mist, the solid lands,
Like clouds they shape themselves and go.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
In Memoriam A. H. H. (1850), canto 123. Collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 194.
Science quotes on:  |  Central (14)  |  Change (230)  |  Cloud (37)  |  Deep (39)  |  Earth (397)  |  Flow (21)  |  Form (137)  |  Hill (17)  |  Land (60)  |  Melting (5)  |  Mist (4)  |  Nothing (182)  |  Roll (3)  |  Sea (113)  |  Seeing (48)  |  Shadow (31)  |  Shape (32)  |  Solid (31)  |  Stand (42)  |  Stillness (3)  |  Street (12)  |  Tree (125)

They say,
The solid earth whereon we tread
In tracts of fluent heat began,
And grew to seeming-random forms,
The seeming prey of cyclic storms,
Till at the last arose the Man. …
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
From poem, 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' written between 1833-50, and first published anonymously in 1850. Collected in Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson (1860), Vol.2, 147.
Science quotes on:  |  Arise (14)  |  Begin (15)  |  Earth (397)  |  Fluent (2)  |  Form (137)  |  Grow (35)  |  Heat (82)  |  Man (327)  |  Prey (8)  |  Random (19)  |  Seem (24)  |  Solid (31)  |  Storm (19)  |  Tract (3)  |  Tread (6)

This world was once a fluid haze of light,
Till toward the centre set the starry tides,
And eddied into suns, that wheeling cast
The planets: then the monster, then the man.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
&039;The Princess&039; (1847), part 2, collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 124.
Science quotes on:  |  Cast (11)  |  Centre (17)  |  Creation (192)  |  Eddy (2)  |  Fluid (14)  |  Light (204)  |  Man (327)  |  Monster (15)  |  Planet (153)  |  Star (212)  |  Sun (173)  |  Tide (14)  |  World (481)

When I dipt into the future far as human eye could see;
Saw the Vision of the World, and all the wonders that would be.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
'Locksley Hall' (1842), collected in Alfred Tennyson and William James Rolfe (ed.) The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1898), 93.
Science quotes on:  |  Dip (2)  |  Eye (128)  |  Future (176)  |  Seeing (48)  |  Vision (39)  |  Wonder (106)  |  World (481)

… the tender ash / Delays to clothe herself when all the woods are green.
— Lord Alfred Tennyson
From 'O Swallow, Swallow, Flying South', in The Princess; A Medley (1847), 70.
Science quotes on:  |  Ash (14)  |  Delay (7)  |  Green (17)  |  Woods (11)



Quotes by others about Lord Alfred Tennyson (1)

Chemistry has the same quickening and suggestive influence upon the algebraist as a visit to the Royal Academy, or the old masters may be supposed to have on a Browning or a Tennyson. Indeed it seems to me that an exact homology exists between painting and poetry on the one hand and modern chemistry and modern algebra on the other. In poetry and algebra we have the pure idea elaborated and expressed through the vehicle of language, in painting and chemistry the idea enveloped in matter, depending in part on manual processes and the resources of art for its due manifestation.
Attributed.
Science quotes on:  |  Algebra (33)  |  Art (142)  |  Robert Browning (5)  |  Chemistry (213)  |  Dependence (29)  |  Elaboration (6)  |  Envelope (4)  |  Expression (66)  |  Idea (378)  |  Influence (85)  |  Language (128)  |  Manifestation (27)  |  Manual (6)  |  Master (39)  |  Matter (221)  |  Modern (84)  |  Painting (23)  |  Poetry (87)  |  Process (164)  |  Pure (38)  |  Quickening (2)  |  Suggestive (2)  |  Vehicle (4)  |  Visit (10)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Custom Quotations Search - custom search within only our quotations pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

who invites your feedback

- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton

Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.