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Quotes of the day: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 12:16 AM EDT
Oct 21 2013

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 - July 25 1834) was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher 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. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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.

A man with a bad heart has been sometimes saved by a strong head; but a corrupt woman is lost forever.

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

An idea, in the highest sense of that word, cannot be conveyed but by a symbol.

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

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

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

How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!

Human experience, like the stern-lights of a ship at sea, illumines only the path which we have passed over.

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.

If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil. He cannot stop at the beast. The most savage of men are not beasts; they are worse, a great deal worse.

If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.

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

It is more honourable to the head, as well as to the heart, to be misled by our eagerness in the pursuit of truth, than to be safe from blundering by the contempt of it.

Never pursue literature as a trade.

No one does anything from a single motive.

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

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from- as pickpockets are observed commonly to walk with their hands in their breeches' pockets.

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

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

The doing evil to avoid an evil cannot be good.

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

The present system of taking oaths is horrible. It is awfully absurd to make a man invoke God's wrath upon himself, if he speaks false; it is, in my judgment, a sin to do so.

There are no rights whatever without corresponding duties.

There is nothing insignificant- nothing.

There is one art of which every man should be master- the art of reflection.

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

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