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Samuel Taylor Coleridge quotes

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

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.

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

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

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

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

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.

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

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.

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.

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.

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?

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

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

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind.

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive.

A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.