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 :: 1772-1834, British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

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A religion, that is, a true religion, must consist of ideas and facts both; not of ideas alone without facts, for then it would be mere Philosophy; -- nor of facts alone without ideas, of which those facts are symbols, or out of which they arise, or upon which they are grounded: for then it would be mere History.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Religion]

 

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Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Advice]

 

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Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Gossip]

 

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All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Sympathy]

 

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An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Churches]

 

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An orphan's curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man's eye!
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Death and Dying]

 

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And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Pride]

 

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And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Ability]

 

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As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Genius]

 

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Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Reform]

 

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Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Aphorisms and Epigrams]

 

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Forth from his dark and lonely hiding-place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet Atheism, sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, and hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, cries out, ''Where is it?''
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Atheism]

 

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Friendship is a sheltering tree.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Good and bad men are less than they seem.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Goodness]

 

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Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Greatness]

 

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He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Medicine]

 

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He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Christians and Christianity]

 

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How deep a wound to morals and social purity has that accursed article of the celibacy of the clergy been! Even the best and most enlightened men in Romanist countries attach a notion of impurity to the marriage of a clergyman. And can such a feeling be without its effect on the estimation of the wedded life in general? Impossible! and the morals of both sexes in Spain, Italy, France, and. prove it abundantly.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Celibacy]

 

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How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge - [Dance and Dancing]

 

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