Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor

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

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

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

The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.

There is not wind enough to twirl 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.

Thou owest! not alone these swelling tears.

The Understanding suggests the materials of reasoning: the Reason decides upon them. The first can only say,?This is, or ought to be so. The last says,?It must be so.

There is nothing insignificant - nothing!

Thou rising Sun! thou blue rejoicing Sky! Yea! everything that is and will be free! Bear witness for me, whereso'er ye be, with what deep worship I have still adored the spirit of divinest Liberty.

The very deep did rot: O Christ! That ever this should be! Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs upon the slimy sea.

There is one art of which man should be master, ? the art of reflection.

Through caverns measureless to man.

The water-lily, in the midst of waters, opens its leaves and expands its petals, at the first pattering of the shower, and rejoices in the rain-drops with a quicker sympathy than the packed shrubs in the sandy desert.

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

Through wood and dale the sacred river ran.

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.

There were gardens bright with sinuous rills.

Thus in the 13th century the first science which roused the intellects of men from the torpor of barbarism, was, as in all countries ever has been, and ever must be the case, the science of Metaphysics and Ontology.

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

There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee.

Thy habitation from eternity!

The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning; if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault; in the very best styles, as Southey's, you read page after page without noticing the medium.

They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise.

Till clomb above the eastern bar The hornŠd moon, with one bright star Within the nether tip.

Then all the charm is broken--all that phantom-world so fair vanishes, and a thousand circlets spread, and each mis-shape the other.

They passed the hall, that echoes still, pass as lightly as you will. The brands were flat, the brands were dying, amid their own white ashes lying; but when the lady passed, there came a tongue of light, a fit of flame; and Christabel saw the lady's eye, and nothing else saw she thereby,

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