It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.
Percy Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Contributed by: Zaady
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
Then black despair, The shadow of a starless night, was thrown Over the world in which I moved alone.
Source: The Revolt of Islam. Dedication, Stanza 6.
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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