All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
Percy Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Contributed by: Zaady
Oh lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
The awful shadow of some unseen Power Floats, tho' unseen, amongst us.
Source: Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.
What! alive, and so bold, O earth?
Source: Written on hearing the news of the death of Napoleon.
It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.
For this is the most civil sort of lie That can be given to a man's face. I now Say what I think.
Source: Translation of Calderon's Magico Prodigioso. Scene i.
Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, Stains the white radiance of eternity.
Source: Adonais. lii.
Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
Have you not heard When a man marries, dies, or turns Hindoo, His best friends hear no more of him?
Source: Letter to Maria Gisborne
Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.
Source: Prometheus Unbound
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