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

The light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind us.

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

The many men, so beautiful! And they all dead did lie: and a thousand thousand slimy things lived on; and so did I.

The mariners all ?gan work the ropes, where they were wont to do: they raised their limbs like lifeless tools - We were a ghastly crew.

The most general definition of beauty ... Multeity in Unity.

The heart's self-solace and soliloquy. You mold my hopes, you fashion me within.

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

The history of man for the nine months preceding his birth would, probably, be far more interesting and contain events of greater moment than all the three score and ten years that follow it.

The mother says to her daughter: Daughter bid thy daughter, to her daughter, that her daughter's daughter is crying.

The holiest thing alive.

The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It crack'd and growl'd, and roar'd and howl'd, Like noises in a swound!

The imagination ? that reconciling and mediatory power, which incorporating the reason in images of the sense and organizing (as it were) the flux of the senses by the permanence and self-circling energies of the reason, gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in themselves, and consubstantial with the truths of which they are the conductors.

The Jews would not willingly tread upon the smallest piece of paper in their way, but took it up; for possibly, they say, the name of God may be on it. Though there was a little superstition in this, yet truly there is nothing but good religion in it, if we apply it to men. Trample not on any; there may be some work of grace there, that thou knowest not of. The name of God may be written upon that soul thou treadest on.

The juggle of sophistry consists, for the most part, in using a word in one sense in all the premises, and in another sense in the conclusion.

The Knight's bones are dust, And his good sword rust; - His soul is with the saints, I trust.

The Language of the Dream, night is contrary to that of Waking Day. It is a language of Images and Sensations, the various dialects of which are far less different from each other, than the various Day-Languages of Nations.

The last speech, the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity ? how awful!

So will I build my altar in the fields, And the blue sky my fretted dome shall be, And the sweet fragrance that the wild flower yields Shall be the incense I will yield to thee.

That he, who many a year, with toil of breath.

The constituent forces of life in the human living body are?first, the power of length, or REPRODUCTION; second, the power of surface (that is, length and breadth), or IRRITABILITY; third, the power of depth, or SENSIBILITY.

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humor and so little wit in their literature.

Solemnly seemest like a vapory cloud to rise before me ? Rise, oh, ever rise;

That only can with propriety be styled refinement which, by strengthening the intellect, purifies the manners.

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