Quotations by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Born: Saturday, August 4, 1792
Died: Monday, July 8, 1822 (29 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: English


A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Man)

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Darkness, Solitude)

All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Mistakes, Worth, Youth)

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Change, Men, Peace, Awareness, Departure, Evil, May, Sadness)

Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Men, God, Hope, Earth, May, Suffering)

Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Death, Life, Sleep)

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Love)

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Fear, Future, Past)

First our pleasures die - and then our hopes, and then our fears - and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Debt, First)

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Government, Men, Evil, Vices, Will)

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: History, Time, Man, Memories)

I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Deep, Joy, Taste, Will, Wine)

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Arguments, Infinity, Intellect)

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Spring, Winter)

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Food, Censure, Drama, Hatred, Order, Self)

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Money)

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Love, Promise, Vow, Woman)

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Brother, Crime, Man, Murder, Right)

Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Man, May, Yesterday)

Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Music, Memory)

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Nothing)

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Spring, Wind, Winter)

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Beauty, Society, Food, Life, Corruption)

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault the punishment it deserves.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Nature, Fault, Punishment)

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Thought, Songs)

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Poetry)

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Poetry)

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Poetry, Moments)

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Beauty, Poetry, World)

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Legislators, Poets, World)

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Imagination, Reason)

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Age, Revenge, Worship)

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Soul, Lovers)

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Imagination)

The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Soul, Man)

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Ignorance, Study)

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Pleasure, Sorrow)

The soul's joy lies in doing.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Soul, Joy, Lies)

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Autumn, Harmony, Sky, Summer)

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Wealth, Labor, Man)

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Pain, Pleasure, Shadow, Tragedy)

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Religion, Selfishness)

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: War, Delight, Jest, Trade)

We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Thought, Laughter, Pain, Songs)

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid - in which case all comment is superfluous - or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: May, Worth)

When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Keywords: Care, Cats, Thinking)







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