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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

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

"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"

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

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

"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."

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

"Its body brevity, and wit its soul."

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

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

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

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

"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?"

"O pure of heart! Thou needest not ask of me what this strong music in the soul may be!"

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

"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."

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