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SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
English poet and critic
(1772 - 1834)
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That only can with propriety be styled refinement which, by strengthening the intellect, purifies the manners.
      - [Refinement]

The curiosity of an honorable mind willingly rests there, where the love of truth does not urge it farther onward, and the love of its neighbor bids it stop; in other words, it willingly stops at the point where the interests of truth do not beckon it onward, and charity cries, Halt!
      - [Curiosity]

The devil is not, indeed, perfectly humorous, but that is only because he is the extreme of all humor.
      - [Devil]

The doing an evil to avoid an evil cannot be good.
      - [Evil]

The earth with its scarred face is the symbol of the past; the air and heaven, of futurity.
      - [Futurity]

The faculty of growth.
      - [Genius]

The fastidious taste will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call slang, which not a few of our writers seem to have affected.
      - [Vulgarity]

The first class of readers may be compared to an hour-glass, their reading being as the sand; it runs in and runs out, and leaves not a vestige behind. A second class resembles a sponge, which imbibes everything, and returns it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtier. A third class is like a jelly-bag, which allows all that is pure to pass away, and retains only the refuse and dregs. The fourth class may be compared to the slave of Golconda, who, casting aside all that is worthless, preserves only the pure gems.
      - [Reading]

The first great requisite is absolute sincerity. Falsehood and disguise are miseries and misery-makers.
      - [Falsehood]

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humor and so little wit in their literature.
      - [Humor]

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions,--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasant thought and feeling.
      - [Happiness]

The history of all the world tells us that immoral means will ever intercept good ends.
      - [Wrong]

The juggle of sophistry consists, for the most part, in using a word in one sense in all the premises, and in another sense in the conclusion.
      - [Sophistry]

The mild despairing of a heart resigned.
      - [Despair]

The misery of human life is made up of large masses, each separated from the other by certain intervals. One year the death of a child; years after, a failure in trade; after another longer or shorter interval, a daughter may have married unhappily; in all but the singularly unfortunate, the integral parts that compose the sum-total of the unhappiness of a man's life are easily counted and distinctly remembered.
      - [Misery]

The more sparingly we make use of nonsense, the better.
      - [Nonsense]

The owlet atheism, sailing on obscene wings across the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and shuts them close, and, hooting at the glorious sun in heaven, cries out, "Where is it?"
      - [Atheism]

The paternal and filial duties discipline the heart, and prepare it for the love of all mankind. The intensity of private attachment encourages, not prevents, universal benevolence.
      - [Benevolence]

The pulse of reason.
      - [Conscience]

The rules of prudence, like the laws of the stone tables, are for the most part prohibitive. "Thou shalt not" is their characteristic formula.
      - [Prudence]

The sense of beauty is intuitive, and beauty itself is all that inspires pleasure without, and aloof from, and even contrarily to interest.
      - [Beauty]

The stars hang bright above, silent, as if they watched the sleeping earth.
      - [Stars]

The water-lily, in the midst of waters, opens its leaves and expands its petals, at the first pattering of the shower, and rejoices in the rain-drops with a quicker sympathy than the packed shrubs in the sandy desert.
      - [Freedom]

The whole faculties of man must be exerted in order to call forth noble energies; and he who is not earnestly sincere lives in but half his being, self-mutilated, self-paralyzed.
      - [Sincerity]

The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning; if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault; in the very best styles, as Southey's, you read page after page without noticing the medium.
      - [Style]


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