Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor

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

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The Past lives o'er again, In its effects, and to the guilty spirit The ever-frowning Present is its image.

The secret ministry of frost.

The paternal and filial duties discipline the heart, and prepare it for the love of all mankind. The intensity of private attachment encourages, not prevents, universal benevolence.

The self-moment I could pray; and from my neck so free the Albatross fell off, and sank like lead into the sea.

The Pilgrim's Progress is composed in the lowest style of English, without slang or false grammar. If you were to polish it, you would at once destroy the reality of the vision. For works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

The sense of beauty is intuitive, and beauty itself is all that inspires pleasure without, and aloof from, and even contrarily to interest.

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.

The presence of the love it would conceal.

The ship was cheered, the harbor cleared, merrily did we drop.

The present system of taking oaths is horrible. It is awfully absurd to make a man invoke God's wrath upon himself, if he speaks false; it is, in my judgment, a sin to do so.

The spirit of divinest Liberty.

The present works of present man.

The study of the Bible will keep anyone from being vulgar in style.

The primary Imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM.

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. It is no doubt a sublimer effort of genius than the Greek style; but then it depends much more on execution for its effect.

The reader should be carried forward, not merely or chiefly by the mechanical impulse of curiosity, or by a restless desire to arrive at the final solution; but by the pleasurable activity of mind excited by the attractions of the journey itself.

The Reformation in the sixteenth century narrowed Reform. As soon as men began to call themselves names, all hope of further amendment was lost.

The moving moon went up the sky, and nowhere did abide: softly she was going up, and a star or two beside.

The religion of the Jews is, indeed, a light; but it is as the light of the glow-worm, which gives no heat, and illumines nothing but itself

The myriad-minded man, our, and all men's, Shakespeare, has in this piece presented us with a legitimate farce in exactest consonance with the philosophical principles and character of farce, as distinguished from comedy and from entertainments. A proper farce is mainly distinguished from comedy by the license allowed, and even required, in the fable, in order to produce strange and laughable situations. The story need not be probable, it is enough that it is possible.

The river Rhine, it is well known, doth wash your city of Cologne; but tell me, nymphs! What power divine shall henceforth wash the river Rhine?

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.

The rules of prudence, like the laws of the stone tables, are for the most part prohibitive. Thou shalt not is their characteristic formula.

The only danger lies in the leaping from low to high, with the neglect of the intervening gradation.

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