Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor

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

Author Quotes

The form of truth will bear exposure, as well as that of beauty herself.

So lonely 'twas that God himself Scarce seemed there to be

Taste is the intermediate faculty which connects the active with the passive powers of our nature, the intellect with the senses; and its appointed function is to elevate the images of the latter, while it realizes the ideas of the former.

The book of Job is pure Arab poetry of the highest and most antique cast.

The frost performs its secret ministry, unhelped by any wind.

So twice five miles of fertile ground with walls and towers were girdled round: and there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree; and here were forests ancient as the hills, enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

That dances as often as dance it can.

The bride hath paced into the hall, Red as a rose is she.

The game is done! I've won, I've won! Quoth she, and whistles thrice.

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.

The curiosity of an honorable mind willingly rests there, where the love of truth does not urge it farther onward, and the love of its neighbor bids it stop; in other words, it willingly stops at the point where the interests of truth do not beckon it onward, and charity cries, Halt!

The Good consists in the congruity of a thing with the laws of the reason and the nature of the will, and in its fitness to determine the latter to actualize the former: and it is always discursive. 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.

Some men are like musical glasses; to produce their finest tones you must keep them wet.

That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of nonsense.

The devil is not, indeed, perfectly humorous, but that is only because he is the extreme of all humor.

The guests are met, the feast is set. May'st hear the merry din.

Some persons have contended that mathematics ought to be taught by making the illustrations obvious to the senses. Nothing can be more absurd or injurious: it ought to be our never-ceasing effort to make people think, not feel.

That saints will aid if men will call; For the blue sky bends over all!

The doing an evil to avoid an evil cannot be good.

The happiness of life is made ??of infinitesimal fractions: small alms, soon forgotten, a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a compliment done with the heart.

Author Picture
First Name
Samuel Taylor
Last Name
Birth Date
Death Date

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