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 Earth with its scarred face is the symbol of the Past; the Air and Heaven, of Futurity.

The heart should have fed upon the truth, as insects on a leaf, till it be tinged with the color, and show its food in every ... minutest fiber.

Stimulate the heart to love and the mind to be early accurate and all other virtues will rise of their own accord, and all vices will be thrown out.

The age seems sore from excess of stimulation, just as a day or two after a thorough Debauch and long sustained Drinking-match a man feels all over like a Bruise. Even to admire otherwise than on the whole and where "I admire" is but a synonyme for "I remember, I liked it very much when I was reading it," is too much an effort, would be too disquieting an emotion!

The Eighth Commandment was not made for bards

Strongly it bears us along in swelling and limitless billows, nothing before and nothing behind but the sky and the ocean.

The artist must imitate that which is within the thing, that which is active through form and figure, and discourses to us by symbols.

The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew, the furrow followed free; we were the first that ever burst Into that silent sea.

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.

Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship, yet she sailed softly too: sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze -on me alone it blew.

The bees are stirring - birds are on the wing -

The faults of great authors are generally excellences carried to an excess.

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

The best amusement for our morning meal.

The first duty of a wise advocate is to convince his opponents that he understands their arguments, and sympathizes with their just feelings

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherent; genius, being the action of reason and imagination, rarely or never.

The best part of human language, properly so called, is derived from reflection on the acts of the mind itself.

The first great requisite is absolute sincerity. Falsehood and disguise are miseries and misery-makers.

So for the mother's sake the child was dear, and dearer was the mother for the child.

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear.

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