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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

An English poet, critic and philosopher.
(1772 - 1834)

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

A Gothic church is a petrified religion.

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.

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

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

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

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

A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive.

A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing.

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket: let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection; and trust more to your imagination than to your memory.

A rogue is a roundabout fool.

A woman in a single state may be happy, or may be miserable, but most happy, and most miserable, these are epithets applicable only to the wife.

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

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

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

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

An ear for music is very different from a taste for music. I have no ear whatever; I could not sing an air to save my life; but I have the intensest delight in music, and can detect good from bad.

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

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.

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

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