1772-1834, British Poet, Critic, Philosopher
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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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]

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

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