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What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in ever...
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Our own heart, and not other men's opinion, forms our true honor.
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Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.
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He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth will proceed by loving his own sect better th...
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What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.
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No one does anything from a single motive.
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An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches in flat countries with spire steeples, whi...
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And a good south wind sprung up behind, The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or p...
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For why drives on that ship so fast, Without or wave or wind? The air is cut away before, ...
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Acquaintance many, and conquaintance few, But for inquaintance I know only two - The friend I've wep...
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'Tis the merry nightingale That crowds, and hurries, and precipitates With fast thick warble h...
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Alas! they had been friends in youth; But whispering tongues can poison truth, And constancy ...
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Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, Whether the summer clothe the general earth With...
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Blest hour! It was a luxury--to be!
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Like one, that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round, w...
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Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade, Death came with friendly care; The opening bud to Heaven ...
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Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.
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Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.
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Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, t...
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The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
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Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into ...
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Ah! replied my gentle fair, Beloved, what are names but air? Choose thou, whatever suits the ...
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The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.
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Yes, while I stood and gazed, my temples bare, And shot my being through earth, sea, and air, ...
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A sadder and a wiser man, He rose the morrow morn.
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Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, To such a deep delight 'twould win me, That with mus...
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As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale -- my dreams become the substances of my life.
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A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the m...
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The one red leaf, the last of its clan, / That dances as often as dance it can, / Hanging so light, ...
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No man does anything from a single motive
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When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow, / And the owlet whoops to the wolf below.
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He saw a cottage with a double coach house, A cottage of gentility; And the Devil did grin, for his ...
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Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
No...
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Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
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All thoughts, all passions, all delights, whatever stirs this mortal frame, all are but ministers of...
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How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
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The ice was here, the ice was there, / The ice was all around; / It cracked and growled, and roared ...
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Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to...
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As idle as a painted ship / Upon a painted ocean.
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The moving moon went up the sky, / And nowhere did abide: / Softly she was going up, / And a star or...
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He saw a cottage with a double coach house, A cottage of gentility; And the Devil did grin, for his ...
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Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weap...
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In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.
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Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce, old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illu...
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Schiller has the material sublime.
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Whether the eave-drops fall / Heard only in the trances of the blast, / Or if the secret ministry of...
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He holds him with his glittering eye-- . . . . And listens like a three years' child.
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I dislike the frequent use of the word virtue, instead of righteousness, in the pulpit; in prayer or...
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He prayeth well who loveth well Both man and bird and beast.
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I never think of the future--it comes soon enough.
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If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that...
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He was, as every truly great poet has ever been, a good man; but finding it impossible to realize hi...
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– I should much wish, like the Indian Vishna, to float along an infinite ocean cradled in the flow...
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The guests are met, the feast is set. / May'st hear the merry din.
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If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us. But passion and party blind our eye...
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The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.
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Ancestral voices prophesying war.
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That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-i...
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Or soar aloft to be the spangled skies And gaze upon her with a thousand eyes.
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Hast thou a charm to stay the morning-star In his steep course?
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Prose, words in their best order. Poetry, the best words in the best order.
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Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each...
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I do not call the sod under my feet my country; but language -- religion -- government -- blood -- i...
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People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
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As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power...
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To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has pa...
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All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
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Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.
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Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With...
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My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intel...
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Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.
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The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
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A religion, that is, a true religion, must consist of ideas and facts both; not of ideas alone witho...
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An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a s...
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A spring of love gushed from my heart, And I bless'd them unaware.
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