I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason. . . .
John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Source: Letter to his brothers (December 1817)
Contributed by: Zaady
I never can feel certain of any truth, but from a clear perception of its beauty.
Source: Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (January 1819)
Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.
Source: Hyperion. Book i.
As though a rose should shut and be a bud again.
Source: The Eve of St. Agnes. Stanza 27.
The silver snarling trumpets 'gan to chide.
Source: The Eve of St. Agnes. Stanza 4.
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,'-that is all Ye know on earth, and all Ye need to know.
Source: Ode on a Grecian Urn
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books.
Source: Life of Frederick the Great. Book xvi. Chap. i.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd, Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone.
Source: Ode on a Grecian Urn (1820)
That large utterance of the early gods!
In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.
Source: The Hero as a Man of Letters.
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