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Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.

We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. ---->>>

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! ---->>>

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.

There is no real wealth but the labor of man. ---->>>

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain. ---->>>

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

First our pleasures die - and then our hopes, and then our fears - and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too. ---->>>

When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even. ---->>>

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance. ---->>>

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.

The soul's joy lies in doing. ---->>>

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon. ---->>>

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade. ---->>>

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? ---->>>

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight. ---->>>

Familiar acts are beautiful through love. ---->>>

All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth. ---->>>

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness. ---->>>

Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory. ---->>>

Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted. ---->>>

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect. ---->>>

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves. ---->>>

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. ---->>>

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity. ---->>>

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker. ---->>>

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age. ---->>>

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination. ---->>>

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry. ---->>>

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid - in which case all comment is superfluous - or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem. ---->>>

Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability. ---->>>

The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. ---->>>

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things. ---->>>

Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: August 4, 1792
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Die: July 8, 1822
Occupation: Poet
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Percy Bysshe Shelley (; 4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric poets in the English language, and one of the most influential. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not see fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his poetry grew steadily following his death (wikipedia)