Robert Graves’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite  Robert Graves Quotes 

 Robert Graves, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best  Robert Graves quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find  Robert Graves’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer  Robert Graves made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“Let all the poison that lurks in the mud, hatch out.”
― Robert Graves, I, Claudius

 “The difference between you and her
(whom I to you did once prefer)
Is clear enough to settle:
She like a diamond shone, but you
Shine like an early drop of dew
Poised on a red rose petal.

The dew-drop carries in its eye
Mountain and forest, sea and sky,
With every change of weather;
Contrariwise, a diamond splits
The prospect into idle bits
That none can piece together.”
― Robert Graves

“Love is universal migraine,
A bright stain on the vision
Blotting out reason.

Symptoms of true love
Are leanness, jealousy,
Laggard dawns;

Are omens and nightmares –
Listening for a knock,
Waiting for a sign:

For a touch of her fingers
In a darkened room,
For a searching look.

Take courage, lover!
Could you endure such pain
At any hand but hers?”
― Robert Graves

“When the immense drugged universe explodes
In a cascade of unendurable colour
And leaves us gasping naked,
This is no more than the ectasy of chaos:
Hold fast, with both hands, to that royal love
Which alone, as we know certainly, restores
Fragmentation into true being.

Ecstasy of Chaos”
― Robert Graves, Poems 1965-1968

 “She tells her love while half asleep,
In the dark hours,
With half-words whispered low:
As Earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow.”
― Robert Graves

 “The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.”
― Robert Graves

“I was thinking, “So, I’m Emperor, am I? What nonsense! But at least I’ll be able to make people read my books now.”
― Robert Graves, I, Claudius

 “If I were a girl, I’d despair. The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.”
― Robert Graves

“There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money, either.”
― Robert Graves

“To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.”
― Robert Graves

10 Famous Quotes by Author  Robert Graves

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10  Robert Graves quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best  Robert Graves quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by  Robert Graves. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable  Robert Graves quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Robert Graves Quote 

“As I walked out one harvest night
About the stroke of One,
The Moon attained to her full height
Stood beaming like the Sun.
She exorcised the ghostly wheat
To mute assent in Love’s defeat
Whose tryst had now begun.

The fields lay sick beneath my tread,
A tedious owlet cried;
The nightingale above my head
With this or that replied,
Like man and wife who nightly keep
Inconsequent debate in sleep
As they dream side by side.

Your phantom wore the moon’s cold mask,
My phantom wore the same,
Forgetful of the feverish task
In hope of which they came,
Each image held the other’s eyes
And watched a grey distraction rise
To cloud the eager flame.

To cloud the eager flame of love,
To fog the shining gate:
They held the tyrannous queen above
Sole mover of their fate,
They glared as marble statues glare
Across the tessellated stair
Or down the Halls of State.

And now cold earth was Arctic sea,
Each breath came dagger keen,
Two bergs of glinting ice were we,
The broad moon sailed between;
There swam the mermaids, tailed and finned,
And Love went by upon the wind
As though it had not been.

– Full Moon”― Robert Graves, Poems Selected by Himself

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