Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor

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

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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.

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 poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other according to their relative worth and dignity. He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity that blends, and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical power, to which I would exclusively appropriate the name of Imagination.

The shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves; where was heard the mingled measure from the fountain and the caves.

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