I wish no living thing to suffer pain.
Percy Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Contributed by: Zaady
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
Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half of the human race to misery.
It is not a merit to tolerate, but rather a crime to be intolerant.
Whatever strengthens and purifies the affections, enlarges the imagination, and adds spirit to sense, is useful.
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