Quotes by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
An orphan's curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man's eye!
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale - my dreams become the substances of my life.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius - the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
General principles... are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Good and bad men are less than they seem.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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