Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(1772-1834 / Devon / England)

Quotations

  • ''Summer has set in with its usual severity.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Letter, May 9, 1826, by essayist Charles Lamb. Quoted in Letters of Charles Lamb, vol. 2, ed. Alfed Ainger (1888).
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  • ''Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Specimens of the Table Talk of the Late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, entry for Aug. 20, 1833 (1835).
  • ''In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "5 Oct 1830," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
  • ''How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "1 Jan. 1832," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
  • ''The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "23 July 1827," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
  • ''To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet and critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "27 April 1823," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835). Referring to the actor Edmund Kean.
  • ''Some men are like musical glasses; to produce their finest tones, you must keep them wet.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, "20 Jan. 1834," Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
  • ''Humour is consistent with pathos, whilst wit is not.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). "Table Talk," vol. 1 (1821), reported by Thomas Allsop in Letters and Conversations of S.T. Coleridge (1836).
  • ''I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language-religion-government-blood-identity in these makes men of one country.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, May 27, 1830, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).
  • ''There are three classes into which all the women past seventy that ever I knew were to be divided: 1. That dear old soul; 2. That old woman; 3. That old witch.''
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, July 7, 1831, Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).

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Desire

Where true Love burns Desire is Love's pure flame;
It is the reflex of our earthly frame,
That takes its meaning from the nobler part,
And but translates the language of the heart.

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