What shocks the virtuous philosopher, delights the chameleon poet.
John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Source: Letter to Richard Woodhouse (27 October 1818)
Contributed by: Zaady
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know her woof, her texture; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.
Source: Lamia. Part ii.
It can be said of him, when he departed he took a Man's life with him. No sounder piece of British manhood was put together in that eighteenth century of Time.
Source: Sir Walter Scott. London and Westminster Review, 1838.
One life,-a little gleam of time between two Eternities.
Source: The Hero as a Man of Letters.
Literary men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.
Source: State of German Literature.
Literature is the Thought of thinking Souls.
Love in a hut, with water and crust, Is-Love, forgive us!-cinders, ashes, dust; Love in a palace is perhaps at last More grievous torment than a hermit's fast.
The uttered part of a man's life, let us always repeat, bears to the unuttered, unconscious part a small unknown proportion. He himself never knows it, much less do others.
We are firm believers in the maxim that for all right judgment of any man or thing it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
Source: Goethe. Edinburgh Review, 1828.
Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine; the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.
Source: Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (May 1819)
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