Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

We ought not to extract pernicious honey from poison blossoms of misrepresentation and mendacious half-truth to pamper the course appetite of bigotry and self-love.

And the Devil did grin for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.

Talk of the devil and his horns appear.

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

The Beautiful arises from the perceived harmony of an object whether sight or sound with the inborn and constitutive rules of the judgment and imagination: and it is always intuitive.

This world has angels all too few and heaven is overflowing.

Our quaint metaphysical opinions in an hour of anguish are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.

Laughter is equally the expression of extreme anguish and horror as of joy: as there are tears of sorrow and tears of joy so is there a laugh of terror and a laugh of merriment.

Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.

If a man is not rising upward to be an angel depend on it he is sinking downward to be a devil.

A great mind must be androgynous.

And here were forests ancient as the hills Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

Ancestral voices prophesying war.

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other and both together make up one whole.

The book of Job is pure Arab poetry of the highest and most antique cast.

No one does anything from a single motive.

What is one man's gain is another's loss.

Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people.

Exclusively of the abstract sciences the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.

The faults of great authors are generally excellences carried to an excess.

Why aren't more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books aren't within everybody's reach.

I must lay down the law as I understand it and as I read it in books of authority.

We must follow the old authorities and precedents in criminal matters.

I attended [Sir Humphry] Davy's lectures to renew my stock of metaphors.

Deep thinking is attainable only by a man of deep feeling and all truth is a species of revelation

The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning and no more; if they attract attention to themselves it is in general a fault.

The present system of taking oaths is horrible. It is awfully absurd to make a man invoke God's wrath upon himself if he speaks false; it is in my judgment a sin to do so.

Stimulate the heart to love and the mind to be early accurate and all other virtues will rise of their own accord and all vices will be thrown out.

Show me one couple unhappy merely on account of their limited circumstances and I will show you ten who are wretched from other causes.

As long as we have to administer the law we must do so according to the law as it is. We are not here to make the law.

We are now Courts of equity and must decide the thing according to all the rights.

How strange and awful is the synthesis of life and death in the gusty winds and falling leaves of an autumnal day!

O let me be awake my God! Or let me sleep alway.

The doing evil to avoid an evil cannot be good.

The moving moon went up the sky And nowhere did abide: Softly she was going up And a star or two beside.

Every crime has in the moment of its perpetration Its own avenging angel-dark misgiving An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.

O pure of heart! Thou needest not ask of me what this strong music in the soul may be!

Democracy is the healthful lifeblood which circulates through the veins and arteries which supports the system but which ought never to appear externally and as the mere blood itself.

I shall attack Chemistry like a Shark.

No man was ever yet a great poet without being at the same time a profound philosopher.

Not one man in a thousand has either strength of mind or goodness of heart to be an Atheist. I repeat it. Not one man in a thousand has either strength of mind or goodness of heart to be an Atheist.

How did the atheist get his idea of that God whom he denies?

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.

In Shakespeare one sentence begets the next naturally; the meaning is all inwoven. He goes on kindling like a meteor through the dark atmosphere.

He saw a lawyer killing a viper on a dunghill hard by his own stable; And the Devil smiled for it put him in mind of Cain and his brother Abel.

If you wish to assured of the truth of Christianity try it. Believe and if thy belief be right that insight which gradually transmutes faith into knowledge will be the reward of thy belief.

Christianity is within a man even as he is gifted with reason; it is associated with your mother's chair and with the first remembered tones of her blessed voice.

The first duty of a wise advocate is to convince his opponents that he understands their arguments and sympathies with their just feelings.

The fastidious taste will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms or what we now call slang which not a few of our writers seem to have affected.

It is a gentle and affectionate thought that in immeasurable height above us at our first birth the wreath of love was woven with sparkling stars for flowers.

All men even the most surly are influenced by affection.

Indignation at literary wrongs I leave to men born under happier stars. I cannot afford it.

Advice is like snow - the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon and the deeper in sinks into the mind.

I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children and what an inhuman world without the aged.

I ago's soliloquy--the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity--how awful it is!

Imagination that compares and contrasts with what is around as well as what is better and worse is the living power and prime agent of all human perception judgement and emotional reaction.

Imagination is the living power and prime agent of all human perception.

On the Greek stage a drama or acted story consisted in reality of three dramas called together a trilogy and performed consecutively in the course of one day.

To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.

The primary imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I Am.

Love is the admiration and cherishing of the amiable qualities of the beloved person upon the condition of yourself being the object of their action.

Acquaintance many and conquaintance few But for inquaintance I know only two - The friend I've wept and the maid I woo.

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.

Those who best know human nature will acknowledge most fully what a strength light hearted nonsense give to a hard working man

Chance is but the pseudonym of God for those particular cases which he does not choose to acknowledge openly with his own sign manual.

We have to administer the law whether we like it or no.

For compassion a human heart suffices but for full and adequate sympathy with joy an angel's only.

In wonder all philosophy began in wonder it ends and admiration fill up the interspace but the first wonder is the offspring of ignorance the last is the parent of adoration

Seldom can philosophic genius be more usefully employed than in thus rescuing admitted truths from the neglect caused by the very circumstance of their universal admission.

To admire on principle is the only way to imitate without loss of originality.

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature.

The poet is the man made to solve the riddle of the universe who brings the whole soul of man into activity.

Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people because they have a power of looking at such persons as objects of amusement of another race altogether.

O lady! we receive but what we give And in our life alone does Nature live.

Fellows of colleges in the universities are in one sense the recipients of alms because they receive funds which originally were of an eleemosynary character.

Within today tomorrow is already walking.

And in today already walks tomorrow.

The sense of beauty is intuitive and beauty itself is all that inspires pleasure without and aloof from and even contrarily to interest.

Men of humor are always in some degree men of genius; wits are rarely so although a man of genius may amongst other gifts possess wit as Shakespeare.

Boys and girls And women that would groan to see a child Pull off an insect's leg all read of war The best amusement for our morning meal.

Oh worse than everything is kindness counterfeiting absent love.

The Reformation in the sixteenth century narrowed Reform. As soon as men began to call themselves names all hope of further amendment was lost.

The first great requisite is absolute sincerity. Falsehood and disguise are miseries and misery-makers.

Milton has carefully marked in his Satan the intense selfishness the alcohol of egotism which would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven.

Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.

A mother is a mother still The holiest thing alive.

That saints will aid if men will call; For the blue sky bends over all!

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks / Had I from old and young! / Instead of the cross the Albatross / About my neck was hung.

Ah why refuse the blameless bliss? Can danger lurk within a kiss?

Ah! from the soul itself must issue forth A light a glory a fair luminous cloud Enveloping the Earth.

A wild rose roofs the ruined shed And that and summer well agree.

And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less because to thee they are not what they were.

I stood in unimaginable trance And agony that cannot be remembered.

That agony returns; And till my ghastly tale is told This heart within me burns.

Alone Alone all all alone Alone on a wide wide sea! And never saint took pity on My soul in agony

May all the stars hang bright above her dwelling Silent as though they watched the sleeping earth!

Carved with figures strange and sweet All made out of the carver's brain.

All powerful souls have kindred with each other

To be beloved is all I need And whom I love I love indeed.

A noise like of a hidden brook In the leafy month of June That to the sleeping woods all night Singeth a quiet tune.

The paternal and filial duties discipline the heart and prepare it for the love of all mankind. The intensity of private attachment encourages not prevents universal benevolence.

Come come thou bleak December wind And blow the dry leaves from the tree! Flash like a Love-thought thro'me Death And take a Life that wearies me.

To doubt has more of faith ... than that blank negation of all such thoughts and feelings which is the lot of the herd of church-and-meeting trotters.

Swiftly swiftly flew the ship Yet she sailed softly too: Sweetly sweetly blew the breeze - On me alone it blew.

The fair breeze blew The white foam flew And the forrow followed free. We were the first to ever burst into the silent sea.

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Blest hour! It was a luxury--to be!

For she belike hath drunken deep Of all the blessedness of sleep.

A spring of love gush'd from my heart And I bless'd them unaware.

Sublimity is Hebrew by birth.

A bitter and perplexed "What shall I do?" Is worse to man than worse necessity.

What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole its body brevity and wit its soul.

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity and wit its soul.

Guilt is a timorous thing ere perpetration; despair alone makes guilty men be bold.

Death came with friendly care; The opening bud to heaven conveyed And bade it blossom there.

Remorse weeps tears of blood.

Moral obligation is to me so very strong a Stimulant that in 9 cases out of ten it acts as a Narcotic. The Blow that should rouse stuns me.

Friends should be weighed not told; who boasts to have won a multitude of friends has never had one.

Water water everywhere And all the boards did shrink;Water water everywhere Nor any drop to drink.

The blue and bright-eyed floweret of the brook Hope's gentle gem the sweet Forget-me-not.

He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us He made and loveth all.

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

The best part of human language properly so called is derived from reflection on the acts of the mind itself.

I have heard of reasons manifold Why Love must needs be blind But this the best of all I hold - His eyes are in his mind.

Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets historians biographer if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.

When thieves come I bark; when gallants I am still - So perform both my master's and mistress's will.

The sun's rim dips; the stars rush out: At one stride comes the dark; With far-heard whisper o'er the sea Off shot the spectre-bark.

The Eighth Commandment was not made for bards.

Be that blind bard who on the Chian strand By those deep sounds possessed with inward light Beheld the Iliad and the Odyssey Rise to the swelling of the voiceful sea.

Where true Love burns Desire is Love's pure flame;It is the reflex of our earthly frame That takes its meaning from the nobler part And but translates the language of the heart.

Iambics march from short to long;-- With a leap and a bound the swift Anapaests throng

Memory bosom-spring of joy.

The bride hath paced into the hall Red as a rose is she.

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from as pickpockets are observed commonly to walk with their hands in their breeches' pockets.

Silence does not always mark wisdom.

And to be wroth with one we love"Doth work like madness in the brain.

Bells the poor man's only music.

So lonely 'twas that God himself Scarce seemed there to be.

Be not merely a man of letters! Let literature be an honorable augmentations to your arms not constitute the coat or fill the escutcheon!

I know the Bible is inspired because it finds me at greater depths of my being than any other book.

He holds him with his glittering eye And listens like a three years' child.

The form of truth will bear exposure as well as that of beauty herself.

He prayeth best who loveth best.

He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.

We ne'er can be Made happy by compulsion.

Farewell farewell! but this I tell To thee thou Wedding-Guest! He prayeth well who loveth well Both man and bird and beast.

Metaphysics --the science which determines what can and what cannot be known of being and the laws of being.

Talent lying in the understanding is often inherited; genius being the action of reason or imagination rarely or never.

I love being superior to myself better than [to] my equals.

There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon.

Oh Sleep! it is a gentle thing beloved from pole to pole to Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven that slid into my soul.

A woman in a single state may be happy and may be miserable; but most happy most miserable these are epithets belonging to a wife.

Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing Beloved from pole to pole.

And looking to the Heaven that bends above you How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

A savage place! As holy and enchanted/As e'er beneath the waning moon was haunted/By woman wailing for her Demon Lover!

Truths ... are too often considered as so true that they lose all the power of truth and lie bed-ridden in the dormitory of the soul side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.

The spirit of poetry like all other living powers must of necessity circumscribe itself by rules were it only to unite power with beauty.

As I live and am a man this is an unexaggerated tale - my dreams become the substances of my life.

Good and bad men are less than they seem.

What if you slept? And what if in your sleep you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if when you awoke you had the flower in your hand? Ah what then?

As a man without forethought scarcely deserves the name of a man so forethought without reflection is but a metaphorical phrase for the instinct of a beast.

As there is much beast and some devil in man so is there some angel and some God in him. The beast and the devil may be conquered but in this life never destroyed.

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar in point of style.

In politics what begins in fear usually ends in folly.

Everyone should have two or three hives of bees. Bees are easier to keep than a dog or a cat. They are more interesting than gerbils.

All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair The bees are stirring birds are on the wing And Winter slumbering in the open air Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring.

In politics what begins in fear usually ends in failure.

A man of maxims only is like a Cyclops with one eye and that in the back of his head.

Every reform however necessary will by weak minds be carried to an excess that itself will need reforming.

A maxim is a conclusion upon observation of matters of fact and is merely speculative; a "principle" carries knowledge within itself and is prospective.

Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood.

A Court has no right to strain the law because it causes hardship.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph the sacred river ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.

And in Life's noisiest hour There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee The heart's Self-solace and soliloquy. You mould my Hopes you fashion me within.

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

Men I still think ought to be weighed not counted. Their worth ought to be the final estimate of their value.

How well he fell asleepl Like some proud river widening toward the sea; Calmly and grandly silently and deep Life joined eternity.

The rules of prudence like the laws of the stone tables are for the most part prohibitive. "Thou shalt not" is their characteristic formula.

Dryden 's genius was of that sort which catches fire by its own motion; his chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.

As long as there are readers to be delighted with calumny there will be found reviewers to calumniate.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile a kind look or heartfelt compliment.

Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together Thoughts so all unlike each other; To mutter and mock a broken charm To dally with wrong that does no harm.

There is small chance of truth at the goal where there is not childlike humility at the starting-post.

I dislike the frequent use of the word virtue instead of righteousness in the pulpit; in prayer or preaching before a Christian community it sounds too much like pagan philosophy.

Christianity is not a theory or speculation but a life; not a philosophy of life but a life and a living process.

A Gothic church is a petrified religion.

Clergymen who publish pious frauds in the interest of the church are the orthodox liars of God.

Mr. Mum's Rudesheimer And the church of St. Geryon Are the two things alone That deserve to be known In the body-and-soul-stinking town of Cologne.

An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.

A nation to be great ought to be compressed in its increment by nations more civilized than itself.

Not the poem which we have read but that to which we return with the greatest pleasure possesses the genuine power and claims the name of essential poetry .

The once red leaf the last of its clan that dances as often as dance it can.

The one red leaf the last of its clan That dances as often as dance it can Hanging so light and hanging so high On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.

There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.

O it is pleasant with a heart at ease Just after sunset or by moonlight skies To make the shifting clouds be what you please.

The river Rhine it is well known Doth wash your city of Cologne; But tell me nymphs! what power divine Shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?

Farce is nearer tragedy in its essence than comedy is.

What comes from the heart goes to the heart

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.

Veracity does not consist in saying but in the intention of communicating the truth.

Too soon did the doctors of the church forget that the heart--the moral nature--was the beginning and the end and that truth knowledge and insight were comprehended in its expansion.

In many ways doth the full heart reveal The presence of the love it would conceal.

Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premises but in the nature and parts of premises.

The juggle of sophistry consists for the most part in using a word in one sense in all the premises and in another sense in the conclusion.

Heart-chilling superstition! thou canst glaze even Pity's eye with her own frozen tear.

Cant is the parrot talk of a profession.

Religion is the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It alone will gentilize if unmixed with cant.

Language is the armory of the human mind and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

Conscience is the pulse of reason

Prayer is the very highest energy of which the mind is capable. consequence of the film of familiarity and selfish solicitude we have eyes yet see not ears that hear not and hearts that neither feel nor understand.

Humor is consistent with pathos whilst wit is not.

Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time place and company.

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith.

As it must not so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius - the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.

Nothing can permanently please which doesn't contain in itself the reason why it is so and not otherwise.

The history of man for the nine months preceding his birth would probably be far more interesting and contain events of greater moment than all the three score and ten years that follow it.

Contempt is egotism in ill- humor.

Frenchmen are like gunpowder each by itself smutty and contemptible but mass them together and they are terrible indeed!

We must not be guilty of taking the law into our own hands and converting it from what it really is to what we think it ought to be.

An idea in the highest sense of that word cannot be conveyed but by a symbol.

That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of nonsense.

Men I think have to be weighed not counted.

There is in every human countenance either a history or a prophecy which must sadden or at least soften every reflecting observer.

Yea slimy things did crawl with legsUpon the slimy sea.

It is the duty of the Judge in criminal trials to take care that the verdict of the jury is not founded upon any evidence except that which the law allows.

An orphan's curse would drag to hell a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that is a curse in a dead man's eye!

False doctrine does not necessarily make a man a heretic but an evil heart can make any doctrine heretical.

It [is] very unfair to influence a child's mind by inculcating any opinions before it [has] come to years of discretion to choose for itself.

I must reject fluids and ethers of all kinds magnetical electrical and universal to whatever quintessential thinness they may be treble distilled and as it were super-substantiated.

To sentence a man of true genius to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.

A grief without a pang void dark and drear A drowsy stifled unimpassioned grief Which finds no natural outlet or relief In word or sigh or tear.

I look'd to Heav'n and try'd to pray; But or ever a prayer had gusht A wicked whisper came and made My heart as dry as dust.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. For what is enthusiasm but the oblivion and swallowing-up of self in an object dearer than self?

For mother's sake the child was dear and dearer was the mother for the child.

Is duty a mere sport or an employ! Life an entrusted talent or a toy!

It would not be correct to say that every moral obligation involves a legal duty; but every legal duty is founded on a moral obligation.

The dwarf sees farther than the giant when he has the giant's shoulders to mount on.

Never can true courage dwell with them Who playing tricks with conscience dare not look At their own vices.

Like one that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread And having once turned round walks on And turns no more his head; Because he knows a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread.

To leave no interval between the sentence and the fulfillment of it doth beseem God only the Immutable!

A sight to dream of not to tell!

Novels are to love as fairy tales to dreams.

Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve And hope without an object cannot live.

Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity even as night into day through twilight.

All thoughts all passions all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame.

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.

The most general definition of beauty ... Multeity in Unity.

About about in reel and rout the death fires danced at night.

Of no agenor of any religion or party or profession. The body and substance of his works came out of the unfathomable depths of his own oceanic mind.

Call not that man wretched who whatever else he suffers as to pain inflicted or pleasure denied has a child for whom he hopes and on whom he doats.

Lovely was the death Of Him whose life was Love! Holy with power He on the thought-benighted Skeptic beamed Manifest Godhead.

Death but supplies the oil for the inextinguishable lamp of life.

The nightmare Life-in-Death was she.

Experience informs us that the first defence of weak minds is to recriminate.

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.

This is the course of every evil deed that propagating still it brings forth evil.

A stately pleasure-dome decree.

Wherever you find a sentence musically worded of true rhythm and melody in the words there is something deep and good in the meaning also.

To believe and to understand are not diverse things but the same things in different periods of growth.

Oh the difficulty of fixing the attention of men on the world within them!

Hence viper thoughts that coil around my mind Reality's dark dream!I turn from you and listen to the wind Which long has raved unnoticed.

Nor dim nor red like God's own head The glorious Sun uprist

Every human feeling is greater and larger than its exciting cause-a proof I think that man is designed for a higher state of existence.

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind.

The form is mechanic when on any given material we impress a predetermined form. The organic form on the other hand is innate it shapes as it develops itself from within.

Persecution is a very easy form of virtue.

But metre itself implies a passion i.e. a state of excitement both in the Poet's mind & is expected in that of the Reader.

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. It is no doubt a sublimer effort of genius than the Greek style; but then it depends much more on execution for its effect.

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

Motives by excess reverse their very nature and instead of exciting stun and stupefy the mind.

Rage is essentially vulgar.

To know to esteem to love -and then to part Makes up life's tale to many a feeling heart.

The heart should have fed upon the truth as insects on a leaf till it be tinged with the color and show its food in every ... minutest fiber.

Often do the spirits stride on before the event; and in today already walks tomorrow.

I feel as if God had by giving the Sabbath given fifty-two springs in every year.

My eyes make pictures when they are shut.

The devil is not indeed perfectly humorous but that is only because he is the extreme of all humor.

Intellect really exists in its products; its kingdom is here.

When the whole and the parts are seen at once as mutually producing and explaining each other as unity in multeity there results shapeliness.

The whole faculties of man must be exerted in order to call forth noble energies; and he who is not earnestly sincere lives in but half his being self-mutilated self-paralyzed.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of time and space.

Earth with her thousand voices praises God.

Greatness and goodness are not means but ends.

The history of all the world tells us that immoral means will ever intercept good ends.

Enlist the interests of stern Morality and religious Enthusiasm in the cause of Political Liberty as in the time of the old Puritans and it will be irresistible.

Real pain can alone cure us of imaginary ills. We feel a thousand miseries till we are lucky enough to feel misery.

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

The Earth with its scarred face is the symbol of the Past; the Air and Heaven of Futurity.

He went like one that hath been stunn'd And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man He rose the morrow morn.

Happiness can be built only on virtue and must of necessity have truth for its foundation.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions.

Our own heart and not other men's opinion forms our true honor.

I may not hope from outward forms to win / The passion and the life whose fountains are within.

Flowers are lovely; love is flower-like; Friendship is a sheltering tree; Oh the joys that came down shower-like Of friendship love and liberty Ere I was old!

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.

Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.

Force yourself to reflect on what you read paragraph by paragraph.

A rogue is a roundabout fool.

Tranquillity! thou better name Than all the family of Fame.

God is everywhere! the God who framed Mankind to be one mighty family Himself our Father and the world our home.

A Falsehood is in one sense a dead thing; but too often it moves about galvanized by self-will and pushes the living out of their seats.

A people are free in proportion as they form their own opinions.

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

I have found in the Bible words for my inmost thoughts songs for my joy utterance for my hidden griefs and pleadings for my shame and feebleness.

A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.

Pity is best taught by fellowship in woe.

The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation are one Security to possessors; two facility to acquirers; and three hope to all.

Milton had a highly imaginative Cowley a very fanciful mind.

If you would stand well with a great mind leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind leave him with a favorable impression of himself.

Fear gives sudden instincts of skill.

It is a flat'ning Thought that the more we have seen the less we have to say.

My case is a species of madness only that it is a derangement of the Volition and not of the intellectual faculties.

Some men are like musical glasses; to produce their finest tones you must keep them wet.

That gracious thing made up of tears and light.

General principles... are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves

One thought includes all thought in the sense that a grain of sand includes the universe.

How inimitably graceful children are in general-before they learn to dance.

Finally good sense is the body of poetic genius fancy its drapery motion its life and imagination the soul that is everywhere and in each; and forms all into one graceful and intelligent whole.

Poetry is certainly something more than good sense but it must be good sense at all events just as a palace is more than a house but it must be a house at least.

I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language-religion-government-blood-identity in these makes men of one country.

Poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood.

God! sing ye meadow-streams with gladsome voice! Ye pine-groves with your soft and soul-like sounds! And they too have a voice you piles of snow And in their perilous fall shall thunder God!

Our own heart and not other men's opinions form our true honor.

Life went a-maying With Nature Hope and Poesy When I was young!

And I the while the sole unbusy thing Nor honey make nor pair nor build nor sing.

If people could learn history what lessons it might teach us!

History has a point of view; it cannot be all things to all people.

The primary notion i hold to be the Living Power.

I never knew a trader in philanthropy who was not wrong in his head or heart somewhere or other.

The man hath penance done And penance more will do.

Her skin was white as leprosy.

Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power.

Water cannot rise higher than its source neither can human reason.

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.

During the act of knowledge itself the objective and subjective are so instantly united that we cannot determine to which of the two the priority belongs.

There is nothing insignificant-nothing.

That only can with propriety be styled refinement which by strengthening the intellect purifies the manners.

The love of indolence is universal or next to it.

He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.

Sir I admit your general rule That every poet is a fool But you yourself may serve to show it That every fool is not a poet.

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.

Painting is the intermediate between a thought and a thing.

To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship which illuminate only the track it has passed.

Until you understand a writer's ignorance presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.

Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge...

But oh! each visitation Suspends what nature gave me any my birth My shaping spirit of Imagination.

The artist must imitate that which is within the thing that which is active through form and figure and discourses to us by symbols.

Day after day day after day We stuck nor breath nor motion;As idle as a painted shipUpon a painted ocean.

So will I build my altar in the fields And the blue sky my fretted dome shall be And the sweet fragrance that the wild flower yields Shall be the incense I will yield to thee.

An undevout poet is an impossibility.

All nature seems at work.

Joy rises in me like a summer's morn.

Never pursue literature as a trade.

Her lips were red her looks were free Her locks were yellow as gold: Her skin was white as leprosy The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she Who thicks man's blood with cold.

The genius of Coleridge is like a sunken treasure ship and Coleridge a diver too timid and lazy to bring its riches to the surface.

The more sparingly we make use of nonsense the better.

'Tis a month before the month of May And the spring comes slowly up this way.

No voice; but oh - the silence sank Like music on my heart.

There is one art of which people should be masters - the art of reflection.

A man's desire is for the woman but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

If you are not a thinking man to what purpose are you a man at all?.

When a man mistakes his thoughts for persons and things this is madness.

The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.

I do not wish you to act from these truths; no still and always act from your feelings; only meditate often on these truths that sometime or other they may become your feelings.

You do not believe you only believe that you believe.

Shakespeare knew the human mind and its most minute and intimate workings and he never introduces a word or a thought in vain or out of place; if we do not understand him it is our own fault.

The worth and value of knowledge is in proportion to the worth and value of its object.

A single thought is that which it is from other thoughts as a wave of the sea takes its form and shape from the waves which precede and follow it.

He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity and end in loving himself better than all.

And they three passed over the white sands between the rocks silent as the shadows.

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.

The author of Biographia Literaria was already a ruined man. Sometimes however to be a "ruined man" is itself a vocation.

The many men so beautiful!And they all dead did lie:And a thousand thousand slimy thingsLived on; and so did I.

Summer has set in with its usual severity.

Trochee trips from long to short; From long to long in solemn sort Slow Spondee stalks.

No sound is dissonant which tells of life.