Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

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Born: October 21, 1772, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England
Birth Country: England
Died: Highgate, Middlesex, England, July 25, 1834
Occupation: Author

1.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

2.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3.
Alas! they had been friends in youth but whispering tongues can poison truth.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

4.
All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

5.
As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale - my dreams become the substances of my life.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

6.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

7.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

8.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9.
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

10.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

11.
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

12.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

13.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

14.
In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

15.
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

16.
Love is flower like Friendship is like a sheltering tree.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

17.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18.
Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

19.
People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

20.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

21.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

22.
Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

23.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

24.
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

25.
That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

26.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

27.
The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

28.
The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

29.
The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

30.
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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

31.
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

32.
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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