Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe
Shelley
1792
1822

English Romantic Lyric Poet

Author Quotes

Death is the veil which those who live call life: they sleep, and it is lifted.

When the power of imparting joy is equal to the will, the human soul requires no heaven.

A thought by thought is piled, till some great truth is loosened, and the nations echo round, shaken to their roots, as do the mountains now.

Those who love not their fellow beings live unfruitful lives.

Wealth is a power usurped by the few, to compel the many to labour for their benefit.

The only use of government is to repress the vices of man. If man were today sinless, tomorrow he would have the right to demand that government and all its evils should cease.

The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom.

They learn in suffering what they teach in song.

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.

Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself.

Nought may endure but mutability.

It is not a merit to tolerate, but rather a crime to be intolerant.

Love withers under constraint: its very essence is liberty: it is compatible neither with obedience, jealously, nor fear: it is there most pure, perfect and unlimited where its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve.

He gave man speech, and speech created thought, which is the measure of the universe; and science struck the thrones of earth and heaven, which shook, but fell not; and the harmonious mind poured itself forth in all-prophetic song; and music lifted up the listening spirit until it walked, except from mortal care, Godlike, o’er the clear billows of sweet sound.

Author Picture
First Name
Percy Bysshe
Last Name
Shelley
Birth Date
1792
Death Date
1822
Bio

English Romantic Lyric Poet