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  • 11.
    Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Specimens of the Table Talk of the Late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, entry for Aug. 20, 1833 (1835).
  • 12.
    Humour is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). "Table Talk," vol. 1 (1821), reported by Thomas Allsop in Letters and Conversations of S.T. Coleridge (1836).
  • 13.
    To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet and critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "27 April 1823," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835). Referring to the actor Edmund Kean.
  • 14.
    The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "23 July 1827," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).

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  • 15.
    I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language-religion-government-blood-identity in these makes men of one country.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, May 27, 1830, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).

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  • 16.
    There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, July 7, 1831, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).

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  • 17.
    The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are,—1. Security to possessors; 2. Facility to acquirers; and, 3. Hope to all.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). "Table Talk," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).

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  • 18.
    To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "1820," Letters and Conversations of S.T. Coleridge, vol. 1, "Thomas Allsop" (1836).
  • 19.
    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.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, April 23, 1832, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).

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  • 20.
    Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). "Table Talk," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
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