"A poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence; because he has no identity — he is continually informing — and filling some other body. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'- that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. - Ode to a Grecian Urn."

"Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?"


"Every mental pursuit takes its reality and worth from the ardour of the pursuer."

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter."

"Here lies one whose name was writ in water."

"If I should die," said I to myself, "I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered."

"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination."

"I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top."

"I can scarcely bid you good-bye, even in a letter. I always made an awkward bow. God bless you!"

"I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you."

"I scarcely remember counting upon happiness — I look not for it if it be not in the present hour — nothing startles me beyond the moment. The setting sun will always set me to rights, or if a sparrow come before my Window I take part in its existence and pick about the gravel."

"I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest."

"I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise."

"Many have original minds who do not think it — they are led away by custom — Now it appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own citadel."

"My chest of books divide amongst my friends."

"My spirit is too weak — mortality, Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep."

"Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it."

"Nothing is finer for the purposes of great productions than a very gradual ripening of the intellectual powers."

"O for a life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts!"

"Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject."

"Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."

"Scenery is fine — but human nature is finer."

"Shed no tear! O shed no tear! The flower will bloom another year."

"The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone! Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast."

"The imagination may be compared to Adam's dream — he awoke and found it truth."

"The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing - to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. "The poetry of the earth is never dead."

"There is an awful warmth about my heart like a load of immortality."

"There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object."

"They will explain themselves — as all poems should do without any comment."

"What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth."

"You are always new. The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest."

"You might curb your magnanimity, and be more of an artist, and load every rift of your subject with ore."

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