Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes

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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A man of maxims only, is like a cyclops with one eye, and that in the back of his head.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I believe that obstinacy, or the dread of control and discipline, arises not so much from self-willedness as from a conscious defect of voluntary power; as foolhardiness is not seldom the disguise of conscious timidity.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The present system of taking oaths is horrible. It is awfully absurd to make a man invoke God's wrath upon himself, if he speaks false; it is, in my judgment, a sin to do so.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Experience informs us that the first defence of weak minds is to recriminate.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry: the best words in the best order

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ignorance seldom vaults into knowledge, but passes into it through an intermediate state of obscurity, even as night into day through twilight.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Silence does not always mark wisdom.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

My eyes make pictures, when they are shut.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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