Samuel Taylor Coleridge

[Samuel Coleridge] (1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, in Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
  • ''My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, & not of the intellectual faculties.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Letter, April 26, 1814. The Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, vol. 3 (1959). Referring to his addiction to laudanum.
  • ''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 (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Aids to Reflection, "Introductory Aphorisms," no. 27 (1825), repr. In Works, vol. I, ed. Professor Shedd (1853).
  • ''No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Biographia Literaria, ch. 15 (1817).
  • ''That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Biographia Literaria, ch. 14 (1817).
  • ''Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Biographia Literaria, ch. 1 (1817).

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Kubla Khan

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh ! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover !
A savage place ! as holy and enchanted
As e'er ...

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Reason

... Finally, what is Reason ? You have often asked me ; and this is my
answer :--

Whene'er the mist, that stands 'twixt God and thee,
[Sublimates] to a pure transparency,
That intercepts no light and adds no stain--
There Reason is, and then begins her reign !

But alas !

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