Robert Southey

1774 - 1843

A Quote by Robert Southey on authority, body, conscience, god, innocence, judgment, mind, pleasure, reason, spirituality, strength, and tenderness

Would you who judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasure, take this rule; whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short; whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that is sin to you; however innocent it may be in itself.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

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A Quote by Robert Southey on coaching, humility, and pride

He passed a cottage with a double coach-house, A cottage of gentility! And he owned with a grin That his favourite sin Is pride that apes humility.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: The Devils Walk. Stanza 8. (Imitated Coleridge)

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A Quote by Robert Southey

And last of all an Admiral came, A terrible man with a terrible name,- A name which you all know by sight very well, But which no one can speak, and no one can spell.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: The March to Moscow. Stanza 8.

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A Quote by Robert Southey on contentment, hope, immortality, nature, rest, and spirit

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his nature and quenched the spirit of immortality which is his portion.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

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A Quote by Robert Southey on darkness, divinity, glory, heaven, serenity, and silence

How beautiful is night! A dewy freshness fills the silent air; No mist obscures; nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain, Breaks the serene of heaven: In full-orbed glory, yonder moon divine Rolls through the dark blue depths; Beneath her steady ray The desert circle spreads Like the round ocean, girdled with the sky. How beautiful is night!

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: Thalaba. Book i. Stanza 1.

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A Quote by Robert Southey

Blue, darkly, deeply, beautifully blue.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: Madoc in Wales. Part i. 5.

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A Quote by Robert Southey on day, death, failure, and friendship

My days among the dead are passed; Around me I behold, Where'er these casual eyes are cast, The mighty minds of old; My never-failing friends are they, With whom I converse day by day.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: Occasional Pieces. xviii.

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A Quote by Robert Southey on day, devil, and world

From his brimstone bed, at break of day, A-walking the Devil is gone, To look at his little snug farm of the World, And see how his stock went on.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: The Devil's Walk. Stanza 1.

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A Quote by Robert Southey on brevity and words

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

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A Quote by Robert Southey on fame, good, and victory

And everybody praised the Duke Who this great fight did win. "But what good came of it at last?" Quoth little Peterkin. "Why, that I cannot tell," said he, "But 'twas a famous victory."

Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

Source: The Battle of Blenheim.

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