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Quotations From PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

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  • 21.
    The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840). This axiom constituted the cornerstone of Shelley's philosophy.

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  • 22.
    Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 23.
    Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 24.
    The odious and disgusting aristocracy of wealth is built upon the ruins of all that is good in chivalry or republicanism; and luxury is the forerunner of a barbarism scarcely capable of cure.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A note, in Queen Mab, A Vindication of Natural Diet (1813).
  • 25.
    It is impossible that had Buonaparte descended from a race of vegetable feeders that he could have had either the inclination or the power to ascend the throne of the Bourbons.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Vindication of Natural Diet, a note in Queen Mab (1813). Shelley became a vegetarian in 1812, remaining so until his death.

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  • 26.
    It were as wise to cast a violet into a crucible that you might discover the formal principle of its colour and odour, as seek to transfuse from one language into another the creations of a poet. The plant must spring again from its seed, or it will bear no flower—and this is the burthen of the curse of Babel.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).

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  • 27.
    I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. letter, Jan. 3, 1811.

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