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Quotations From PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

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  • 11.
    Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, publ. 1840).
  • 12.
    In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self- respect.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 13.
    A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds; his auditors are as men entranced by the melody of an unseen musician, who feel that they are moved and softened, yet know not whence or why.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 14.
    The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 15.
    A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, publ. 1840).

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  • 16.
    Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life,... is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, publ. 1840).

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  • 17.
    Every epoch, under names more or less specious, has deified its peculiar errors.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (1840).
  • 18.
    Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A note from Queen Mab, Even Love Is Sold (1813).

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  • 19.
    Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 20.
    Constancy has nothing virtuous in itself, independently of the pleasure it confers, and partakes of the temporizing spirit of vice in proportion as it endures tamely moral defects of magnitude in the object of its indiscreet choice.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. Even Love Is Sold (1813). A note from Queen Mab.
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