Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Quotes

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The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.

Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.

Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree. ---->>>

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. ---->>>

Friendship is a sheltering tree. ---->>>

If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake - Aye, what then? ---->>>

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process. ---->>>

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ---->>>

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance. ---->>>

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming. ---->>>

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. ---->>>

I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children, and what an inhuman world without the aged. ---->>>

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.

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.

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist. ---->>>

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.

A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive. ---->>>

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness. ---->>>

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind. ---->>>

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor. ---->>>

A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks. ---->>>

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them. ---->>>

Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth. ---->>>

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions form our true honor. ---->>>

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius. ---->>>

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. ---->>>

All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame. ---->>>

Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding. ---->>>

As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale - my dreams become the substances of my life. ---->>>

No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. ---->>>

Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants. ---->>>

Good and bad men are less than they seem.

Good and bad men are less than they seem.

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear. ---->>>

And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were. ---->>>

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. ---->>>

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. ---->>>

To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.

To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul. ---->>>

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain. ---->>>

The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are one, Security to possessors; two, facility to acquirers; and three, hope to all. ---->>>

General principles... are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves. ---->>>

Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends. ---->>>

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style. ---->>>

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order. ---->>>

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature. ---->>>

He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all. ---->>>

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.

He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope. ---->>>

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill. ---->>>

A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. ---->>>

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from. ---->>>

Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic. ---->>>

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism. ---->>>

No one does anything from a single motive. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: October 21, 1772
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Die: July 25, 1834
Occupation: Poet
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (; 21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria (wikipedia)