Quotes by: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Coleridge in 1795
21 October 1772|
Ottery St Mary, Devon, England
||25 July 1834
Highgate, Middlesex, England
||Poet, critic, philosopher
||Jesus College, Cambridge
||The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan
||Sara Coleridge, Berkeley Coleridge, Derwent Coleridge, Hartley Coleridge
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process.
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake - Aye, what then?
General principles... are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.
Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
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.
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.
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
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.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.