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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

1772-1834 ,  English poet & philosopher
Samuel Taylor ColeridgeEnglish poet, critic and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets.
He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on William Shakespeare, was highly influential.

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

Prose: words in their best order; poetry: the best words in their best order.

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.

What comes from the heart goes to the heart.

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

Silence does not always mark wisdom.

Farce may often border on tragedy; indeed, farce is nearer tragedy in its essence than comedy is.

The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

The book of Job is pure Arab poetry of the highest and most antique cast.

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.

Experience informs us that the first defence of weak minds is to recriminate.

No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.

Not the poem which we have read, but that to which we return, with the greatest pleasure, possesses the genuine power, and claims the name of essential poetry.

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

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

There is one art of which people should be masters - the art of reflection.

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.

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.

Quotes in Verse

What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.


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