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

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!

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.

Summer has set in with its usual severity.

The attempts to explain the nature of Life, which have fallen within my knowledge, presuppose the arbitrary division of all that surrounds us into things with life, and things without life?a division grounded on a mere assumption. At the best, it can be regarded only as a hasty deduction from the first superficial notices of the objects that surround us, sufficient, perhaps, for the purpose of ordinary discrimination, but far too indeterminate and diffluent to be taken unexamined by the philosophic inquirer.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of time and space.

Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.

The Beautiful arises from the perceived harmony of an object, whether sight or sound, with the inborn and constitutive rules of the judgment and imagination: and it is always intuitive.

The fastidious taste will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call slang, which not a few of our writers seem to have affected.

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