>"What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul. ("An Epigram," 1802.)
>"Aloof with hermit-eye I scan
The present works of present man
A wild and dreamlike trade of blood and guile,
Too foolish for a tear, too wicked for a smile!"
"Ode to Tranquillity" (1801), st. 4.
>"All thoughts, all passions, all delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal frame,
All are but ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame." ("Love," 1799.)
>"The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man." (Table Talk, 1827.)
>"It often amuses me to hear men impute all their misfortunes to fate, luck, or destiny, whilst their successes or good fortune they ascribe to their own sagacity, cleverness or penetration."
>An idea, in the highest sense of that word, cannot be conveyed but by a symbol." (Biographia Literaria, 1817.)
>"In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly."
>"And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin.
Is pride that apes humility."
>"Experience informs us that the first defense of weak minds is to recriminate." (Biographia Literaria, 1817.)
>"Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming." (Biographia Literaria, 1817.)
>"Strongly it bears us along in swelling and limitless billows, Nothing before and nothing behind but the sky and the ocean. ["The Homeric Hexameter" (translated from Schiller) (1799?).]
>"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."
>"Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating truth." (Biographia Literaria, 1817.)
>"But whispering tongues can poison truth."
>"Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live." ("Work Without Hope," 1825.)
>"Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding." (Biographia Literaria, 1817.)
>"The faults of great writers are generally excellencies carried to excess."
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