Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes

"How wonderful is Death,
Death and his brother Sleep!

Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Queen Mab (1813)

"To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than Death or Night;
To defy Power, which seems Omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to hope, till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;
Neither to change nor falter nor repent;
This, like thy glory, Titan! is to be
Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free;
This is alone Life; Joy, Empire, and Victory!"

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Prometheus Unbound (1818-1819), Act IV.

"I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I arise and unbuild it again."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Cloud (1820)

"Poor captive bird! Who, from thy narrow cage,
Pourest such music, that it might assuage
The rugged hearts of those who prisoned thee,
Were they not deaf to all sweet melody."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Epipsychidion (1821)

"If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"

Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Man who man would be, must rule the empire of himself."

Percy Bysshe Shelley

" Till the Future dares
Forget the Past, his fate and fame shall be
An echo and a light unto eternity!"

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Adonais (1821)

"The One remains, the many change and pass;
Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly;
Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity,
Until Death tramples it to fragments."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Adonais (1821)

Quotes on Love

"All love is sweet,
Given or returned. Common as light is love,
And its familiar voice wearies not ever."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Prometheus Unbound (1818-1819)

"Love is free: to promise for ever to love the same woman, is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed: such a vow in both cases, excludes us from all enquiry. "

Percy Bysshe Shelley (notes

Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle —
Why not I with thine?

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Love's Philosophy, st. 1 (1819)

"The good want power, but to weep barren tears.
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom;
And all best things are thus confused to ill."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Prometheus Unbound (1818-1819)

Age cannot Love destroy,
But perfidy can blast the flower,
Even when in most unwary hour
It blooms in Fancy’s bower.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Quotes on Religion

"Jesus Christ represented God as the principle of all good, the source of all happiness, the wise and benevolent Creator and Preserver of all living things. But the interpreters of his doctrines have confounded the good and the evil principle."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Essay on Christianity (1859)

"If a person's religious ideas correspond not with your own, love him nevertheless. How different would yours have been, had the chance of birth placed you in Tartary or India!"

Percy Bysshe Shelley - "Declaration of Rights" (1812), article 25

" Fear not the future, weep not for the past."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Revolt of Islam, Canto XI, st. 18

"If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him?
If he is infinitely wise, why should we have doubts concerning our future?
If he knows all, why warn him of our needs and fatigue him with our prayers?
If he is everywhere, why erect temples to him?
If he is just, why fear that he will punish the creatures that he has filled with weaknesses?"

Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Necessity of Atheism (1811)

Political Quotes

"Nature rejects the monarch, not the man; the subject, not the citizen... The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Queen Mab (1813)

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight,
The lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Queen Mab (1813)

"GOVERNMENT has no rights; it is a delegation from several individuals for the purpose of securing their own. It is therefore just, only so far as it exists by their consent, useful only so far as it operates to their well-being."

Percy Bysshe Shelley - "Declaration of Rights" (1812), article 1
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