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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
October 21, 1772 - July 25, 1834
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.


I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.


The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

    Topics: Funny Love

No one does anything from a single motive.


The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are one, Security to possessors; two, facility to acquirers; and three, hope to all.


The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.


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.


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


He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.


Talk of the devil, and his horns appear.


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


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.

    Topics: Life

Poetry: the best words in the best order.


Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.


Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.


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


All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.


And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were.


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.


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