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No one does anything from a single motive.
 

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

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.
 

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.
 

Now Art, used collectively for painting, sculpture, architecture and music, is the mediatress between, and reconciler of, nature and man. It is, therefore, the power of humanizing nature, of infusing the thoughts and passions of man into everything which is the object of his contemplation.
 

Often do the spirits of great events stride on before the events, and in today already walks tomorrow.
[Events]
 

Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
[Ideas]
 

Our conversations turned frequently on the two cardinal points of poetry, the power of exciting the sympathy of the reader by a faithful adherence to the truth of nature, and the power of giving the interest of novelty by the modifying colours of imagination.
 

Our myriad-minded Shakespeare.
 

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions form our true honor.
[Honor]
 

Painting is the intermediate somewhat between a thought and a thing.
 

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

Pity is best taught by fellowship in woe.
[Pity]
 

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

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.
[Poetry]
 

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.
 

Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to metre. The proper and immediate object of science is the acquirement, or communication, of truth; the proper and immediate object of poetry is the communication of immediate pleasure.
 

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
[Poetry]
 

Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, etc., if they could; they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics.
 

Schiller has the material sublime.
 


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