Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes

11 November 2014

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.

11 November 2014

It were as wise to cast a violet into a crucible that you might discover the formal principle of its colour and odour, as seek to transfuse from one language into another the creations of a poet. The plant must spring again from its seed, or it will bear no flower—and this is the burthen of the curse of Babel.

11 November 2014

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.

11 November 2014

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

11 November 2014

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.

11 November 2014

The odious and disgusting aristocracy of wealth is built upon the ruins of all that is good in chivalry or republicanism; and luxury is the forerunner of a barbarism scarcely capable of cure.

11 November 2014

It is impossible that had Buonaparte descended from a race of vegetable feeders that he could have had either the inclination or the power to ascend the throne of the Bourbons.