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About Taylor Coleridge

birth of the author

21 October 1772

death of the author

25 July 1834

occupation of the author

Poet, Critic, Philosopher

college of the author

Alma Mater:
Jesus College, Cambridge

movement of the author

Literary Movement:

award of the author

Notable Works:
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel, Conversation Poems, Biographia Literaria


A great mind must be androgynous. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Milton had a highly imaginative, Cowley a very fanciful mind. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Not one man in a thousand has either strength of mind or goodness of heart to be an Atheist. I repeat it. Not one man in a thousand has either strength of mind or goodness of heart to be an Atheist. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Prayer is the very highest energy of which the mind is capable. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

But metre itself implies a passion , i.e. a state of excitement, both in the Poet’s mind, & is expected in that of the Reader. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

It [is] very unfair to influence a child’s mind by inculcating any opinions before it [has] come to years of discretion to choose for itself. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Motives by excess reverse their very nature and instead of exciting, stun and stupefy the mind. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Experience informs us that the first defence of weak minds is to recriminate. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is a dull and obtuse mind, that must divide in order to distinguish; but it is a still worse that distinguishes in order to divide. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Hence, viper thoughts, that coil around my mind, Reality’s dark dream! I turn from you, and listen to the wind. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He saw a lawyer killing a viper on a dunghill hard by his own stable; And the Devil smiled, for it put him in mind of Cain and his brother Abel. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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The best part of human language, properly so called, is derived from reflection on the acts of the mind itself. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


The nightmare Life–in–Death was she. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Life went a–maying With Nature, Hope, and Poesy, When I was young! — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Nature has her proper interest; and he will know what it is, who believes and feels, that every Thing has a Life of its own, and that we are all one Life. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

An ear for music is very different from a taste for music. I have no ear whatever; I could not sing an air to save my life; but I have the intensest delight in music, and can detect good from bad. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As there is much beast and some devil in man, so is there some angel and some God in him. The beast and the devil may be conquered, but in this life never destroyed. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale–my dreams become the substances of my life. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Is duty a mere sport, or an employ! Life an entrusted talent or a toy! — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Death but supplies the oil for the inextinguishable lamp of life. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How well he fell asleepl Like some proud river, widening toward the sea; Calmly and grandly, silently and deep, Life joined eternity. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

O lady! we receive but what we give And in our life alone does Nature live. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No sound is dissonant which tells of life. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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I may not hope from outward forms to win / The passion and the life, whose fountains are within. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How strange and awful is the synthesis of life and death in the gusty winds and falling leaves of an autumnal day! — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


To be beloved is all I need, And whom I love, I love indeed. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The love of indolence is universal, or next to it. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Oh worse than everything, is kindness counterfeiting absent love. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I love being superior to myself better than [to] my equals. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Novels are to love as fairy tales to dreams. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Little is taught by contest or dispute, everything by sympathy and love. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A spring of love gush’d from my heart, And I bless’d them unaware. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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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

And in Life’s noisiest hour, There whispers still the ceaseless Love of Thee, The heart’s Self–solace and soliloquy. You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you, How oft! I bless the Lot, that made me love you. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In many ways doth the full heart reveal The presence of the love it would conceal. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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We ought not to extract pernicious honey from poison blossoms of misrepresentation and mendacious half–truth, to pamper the course appetite of bigotry and self–love. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

And to be wroth with one we love…Doth work like madness in the brain. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Stimulate the heart to love and the mind to be early accurate, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord, and all vices will be thrown out. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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I have heard of reasons manifold Why Love must needs be blind, But this the best of all I hold,–His eyes are in his mind. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To know, to esteem, to love,–and then to part, Makes up life’s tale to many a feeling heart. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is a gentle and affectionate thought, that in immeasurable height above us, at our first birth, the wreath of love was woven with sparkling stars for flowers. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Flowers are lovely; love is flower–like; Friendship is a sheltering tree; Oh the joys that came down shower–like, Of friendship, love, and liberty, Ere I was old! — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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For compassion a human heart suffices, but for full and adequate sympathy, with joy, an angel’s only. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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I look’d to Heav’n, and try’d to pray; But or ever a prayer had gusht, A wicked whisper came and made My heart as dry as dust. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

False doctrine does not necessarily make a man a heretic, but an evil heart can make any doctrine heretical. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Heart–chilling superstition! thou canst glaze even Pity’s eye with her own frozen tear. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel–dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease, Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies, To make the shifting clouds be what you please. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No voice; but oh–the silence sank Like music on my heart. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Until my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In consequence of the film of familiarity and selfish solicitude, we have eyes yet see not, ears that hear not, and hearts that neither feel nor understand. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I never knew a trader in philanthropy who was not wrong in his head or heart somewhere or other. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Our own heart, and not other men’s opinion, forms our true honor. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

That agony returns; And till my ghastly tale is told, This heart within me burns. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Seldom can philosophic genius be more usefully employed than in thus rescuing admitted truths from the neglect caused by the very circumstance of their universal admission. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The genius of Coleridge is like a sunken treasure ship, and Coleridge a diver too timid and lazy to bring its riches to the surface. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Men of humor are always in some degree men of genius; wits are rarely so, although a man of genius may, amongst other gifts, possess wit, as Shakespeare. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. It is no doubt a sublimer effort of genius than the Greek style; but then it depends much more on execution for its effect. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius–the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


An idea, in the highest sense of that word, cannot be conveyed but by a symbol. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He went like one that hath been stunn’d, And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man He rose the morrow morn. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The sense of beauty is intuitive, and beauty itself is all that inspires pleasure without, and aloof from, and even contrarily to interest. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense, at all events, just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house, at least. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Fellows of colleges in the universities are in one sense the recipients of alms, because they receive funds which originally were of an eleemosynary character. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


What is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

O pure of heart! Thou needest not ask of me what this strong music in the soul may be! — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Mr. Mum’s Rudesheimer And the church of St. Geryon Are the two things alone That deserve to be known In the body–and–soul–stinking town of Cologne. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ah! from the soul itself must issue forth A light, a glory, a fair luminous cloud Enveloping the Earth. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The poet is the man made to solve the riddle of the universe who brings the whole soul of man into activity. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Alone, Alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never saint took pity on My soul in agony — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Oh Sleep! it is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole, to Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, that slid into my soul. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

God! sing, ye meadow–streams, with gladsome voice! Ye pine–groves, with your soft and soul–like sounds! And they too have a voice, you piles of snow, And in their perilous fall shall thunder, God! — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Truths … are too often considered as so true, that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bed–ridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Happiness can be built only on virtue, and must of necessity have truth for its foundation. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating the truth. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I do not wish you to act from these truths; no, still and always act from your feelings; only meditate often on these truths that sometime or other they may become your feelings. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The form of truth will bear exposure, as well as that of beauty herself. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There are errors which no wise man will treat with rudeness while there is a probability that they may be the refraction of some great truth still below the horizon. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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