Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor
Coleridge
1772
1834

English Poet, Romantic, Literary Critic and Philosopher, a Founder of the Romantic Movement in England

Author Quotes

We do not know how tomorrow, we can do is do your best and be happy on this day.

What is there in thee, Man, that can be known? Dark fluxion, all unfixable by thought, a phantom dim of past and future wrought, vain sister of the worm.

Whether the eave-drops fall Heard only in the trances of the blast, Or if the secret ministry of frost Shall hang them up in silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet moon.

Truth I pursued,as Fancy sketch'd the way, and wiser men than I went worse astray.

We in ourselves rejoice!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

While I approve myself, alike in praise and in blame, in close reasoning and in impassioned declamation, a steady FRIEND to the two best and surest friends of all men, TRUTH and HONESTY; I will not fear an accusation of either Presumption or Arrogance from the good and the wise, I shall pity it from the weak, and welcome it from the wicked.

Truth is a good dog; but beware of barking too close to the heels of an error, lest you get your brains kicked out.

We ne'er can be made happy by compulsion.

What outward form and feature are he guesseth but in part; but what within is good and fair he seeth with the heart.

While many a glowworm in the shade Lights up her love torch.

Truths of all others the most awful and interesting 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.

We should manage our thoughts as shepherds do their flowers in making a garland: first, select the choicest, and then dispose them in the most proper places, that every one may reflect a part of its color and brightness on the next.

What! Did Sir Walter Raleigh believe that a male and female ounce (and, if so, why not two tigers and lions, etc?) would have produced, in a course of generations, a cat, or a cat a lion? This is Darwinizing with a vengeance.

Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white, glimmered the white moonshine? Day after day, day after day, we stuck, nor breath nor motion; as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.

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.

We were a ghastly crew.

Whatever is organized from without, is a product of mechanism; whatever is mechanized from within, is a production of organization.

Whispering tongues can poison truth.

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.

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

Those holies of themselves a shape As of an arbor took.

To explain a power, on the other hand, is (the power itself being assumed, though not comprehended, ut qui datur, non intelligitur) to unfold or spread it out: ex implicito planum facere.

The true key to the declension of the Roman Empire ? which is not to be found in all Gibbon's immense work ? may be stated in two words: ? the imperial character overlaying, and finally destroying, the national character. Rome under Trajan was an empire without a nation.

There is no such thing as a worthless book though there are some far worse than worthless; no book that is not worth preserving, if its existence may be tolerated; as there may be some men whom it may be proper to hang, but none should be suffered to starve.

Author Picture
First Name
Samuel Taylor
Last Name
Coleridge
Birth Date
1772
Death Date
1834
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English Poet, Romantic, Literary Critic and Philosopher, a Founder of the Romantic Movement in England