Thursday, January 27, 2011

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

"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?"

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Part VII, st. 23

"The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free:
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) Part II, st. 5

"Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Part II, st. 9

"Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan Part IV, st. 3

"Looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
How oft! I bless the Lot, that made me love you.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!"

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

"Flowers are lovely; love is flower-like;
Friendship is a sheltering tree."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge"Youth and Age", st. 2 (1823-1832)

In many ways doth the full heart reveal
The presence of the love it would conceal.

- Samuel Taylor ColeridgePoems Written in Later Life, motto (1826)

"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.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge Ch. I Biographia Literaria (1817)

"No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ch. XV

"An idea, in the highest sense of that word, cannot be conveyed but by a symbol."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge Ch. IX

"Shakespeare, no mere child of nature; no automaton of genius; no passive vehicle of inspiration possessed by the spirit, not possessing it; first studied patiently, meditated deeply, understood minutely, till knowledge became habitual and intuitive, wedded itself to his habitual feelings, and at length gave birth to that stupendous power by which he stands alone, with no equal or second in his own class; to that power which seated him on one of the two glorysmitten summits of the poetic mountain, with Milton аs his compeer, not rival."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria (1817)

Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or that which once seemed he —
Oh, lift a thought in prayer for S.T.C!
That he, who many a year, with toil of breath,
Found death in life, may here find life in death.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge "Epitaph", written for himself (1833)

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