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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

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

"Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have not the time nor means to get more."

"No one does anything from a single motive."

"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole."

"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."

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

"The Language of the Dream/Night is contrary to that of Waking/Day. It is a language of Images and Sensations, the various dialects of which are far less different from each other, than the various Day-Languages of Nations."

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

"So for the mother's sake the child was dear, and dearer was the mother for the child."

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

"As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius - the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination."

"And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility."

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

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