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1. “Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Letters of John Keats

2. “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Ode on a Grecian Urn and Other Poems

3. “Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.”

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Author : John Keats

4. “The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

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Author : John Keats

5. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Endymion: A Poetic Romance

6. “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

7. “I wish I was either in your arms full of faith, or that a Thunder bolt would strike me.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

8. “Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.”

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Author : John Keats

9. “I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”

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Author : John Keats

10. “Nor do we merely feel these essences for one short hour no, even as these trees that whisper round a temple become soon dear as the temples self, so does the moon, the passion posey, glories infinite, Haunt us till they become a cheering light unto our souls and bound to us so fast, that wheather there be shine, or gloom o'er cast, They always must be with us, or we die.”

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Author : John Keats

11. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”

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Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems

12. “I have been astonished that men could die martyrsfor their religion--I have shuddered at it,I shudder no more.I could be martyred for my religion.Love is my religionand I could die for that.I could die for you.My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.”

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Author : John Keats

13. “Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.”

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Author : John Keats

14. “Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes.”

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Author : John Keats

15. “I have good reason to be content,for thank God I can read andperhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.”

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Author : John Keats

16. “Fairy SongShed no tear! oh, shed no tear!The flower will bloom another year.Weep no more! oh, weep no more!Young buds sleep in the root’s white core.Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!For I was taught in ParadiseTo ease my breast of melodies,— Shed no tear.Overhead! look overhead!‘Mong the blossoms white and red—Look up, look up! I flutter nowOn this fresh pomegranate bough.See me! ’tis this silvery billEver cures the good man’s ill.Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!The flower will bloom another year.Adieu, adieu—I fly—adieu!I vanish in the heaven’s blue,— Adieu, adieu!”

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Author : John Keats

17. “Life is but a day:A fragile dewdrop on its perilious wayFrom a tree's summit”

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Author : John Keats

18. “Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not”

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Author : John Keats

19. “The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mindabout nothing -- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.”

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Author : John Keats

20. “Touch has a memory.”

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Author : John Keats

21. “Touch has a memory. O say, love, say,What can I do to kill it and be free?”

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Author : John Keats

22. “Wherein lies happiness? In that which becksOur ready minds to fellowship divine,A fellowship with essence; till we shine,Full alchemiz’d, and free of space. BeholdThe clear religion of heaven!”

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Author : John Keats

23. “There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.”

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Author : John Keats

24. “Think of my Pleasure in Solitude, in comparison of my commerce with the world - there I am a child - there they do not know me not even my most intimate acquaintance - I give into their feelings as though I were refraining from irritating a little child - Some think me middling, others silly, other foolish - every one thinks he sees my weak side against my will; when in thruth it is with my will - I am content to be thought all this because I have in my own breast so graet a resource. This is one great reason why they like me so; because they can all show to advantage in a room, and eclipese from a certain tact one who is reckoned to be a good Poet - I hope I am not here playing tricks 'to make the angels weep': I think not: for I have not the least contempt for my species; and though it may sound paradoxical: my greatest elevations of Soul leave me every time more humbled - Enough of this - though in your Love for me you will not think it enough.”

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Author : John Keats

25. “Nothing ever becomes real till experienced – even a proverb is no proverb until your life has illustrated it”

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Author : John Keats

26. “You are always new. THe last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest. When you pass'd my window home yesterday, I was fill'd with as much admiration as if I had then seen you for the first time...Even if you did not love me I could not help an entire devotion to you.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

27. “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination.”

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Author : John Keats

28. “Scenery is fine -but human nature is finer”

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Author : John Keats

29. “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--Not in lone splendour hung aloft the nightAnd watching, with eternal lids apart,Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,The moving waters at their priestlike taskOf pure ablution round earth's human shores,Or gazing on the new soft-fallen maskOf snow upon the mountains and the moors--No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,And so live ever--or else swoon to death. Glanzvoller Stern! wär ich so stet wie du,Nicht hing ich nachts in einsam stolzer Pracht!SchautŽ nicht mit ewigem Blick beiseite zu,Einsiedler der Natur, auf hoher WachtBeim Priesterwerk der Reinigung, das die See,Die wogende, vollbringt am Meeresstrand;Noch starrt ich auf die Maske, die der SchneeSanft fallend frisch um Berg und Moore band.Nein, doch unwandelbar und unentwegtMöchtŽ ruhn ich an der Liebsten weicher Brust,Zu fühlen, wie es wogend dort sich regt,Zu wachen ewig in unruhiger Lust,Zu lauschen auf des Atems sanftes Wehen -So ewig leben - sonst im Tod vergehen!”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

30. “Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings,Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,Empty the haunted air, and gnomèd mine—Unweave a rainbow, as it erewhile madeThe tender-person'd Lamia melt into a shade”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Lamia

31. “I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.”

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Author : John Keats

32. “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”

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Author : John Keats

33. “Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a musèd rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die,To cease upon the midnight with no pain,While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad In such an ecstasy!”

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Author : John Keats

34. “Thou wast not born for death, immortal bird! No hungry generations tread thee down;The voice I hear this passing night was heard In ancient days by emperor and clown..”

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Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems

35. “I never knew before, what such a love as you have made me feel, was; I did not believe in it; my Fancy was afraid of it, lest it should burn me up. But if you will fully love me, though there may be some fire, 'twill not be more than we can bear when moistened and bedewed with Pleasures.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

36. “X.I saw pale kings and princes too, Pale warriors, death-pale were they all; They cried—“La Belle Dame sans Merci Hath thee in thrall!” XI.I saw their starved lips in the gloam, With horrid warning gaped wide, And I awoke and found me here, On the cold hill’s side. XII.And this is why I sojourn here, Alone and palely loitering, Though the sedge is wither’d from the lake, And no birds sing.”

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Author : John Keats

37. “My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb'd me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you ... I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder'd at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr'd for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Letters of John Keats to Fanny Brawne; Written in the Years MDCCCXIX and MDCCCXX and Now Given from the Original Manuscripts

38. “When shall we pass a day alone? I have had a thousand kisses, for which with my whole soul I thank love - but if you should deny me the thousand and first - 'twould put me to the proof how great a misery I could live through.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

39. “Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream, And scenes of bliss pass as a phantom by?---"On death”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Complete Poems and Selected Letters

40. “My dearest Girl,This moment I have set myself to copy some verses out fair. I cannot proceed with any degree of content. I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time. Upon my Soul I can think of nothing else – The time is passed when I had power to advise and warn you again[s]t the unpromising morning of my Life – My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you. I should be afraid to separate myself far from you. My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change? My love, will it? I have no limit now to my love – You note came in just here – I cannot be happier away from you – ‘T is richer than an Argosy of Pearles. Do not threat me even in jest. I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you. My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet – You have ravish’d me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavoured often “to reason against the reasons of my Love.” I can do that no more – the pain would be too great – My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.Yours for everJohn Keats”

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Author : John Keats

41. “For so delicious were the words she sung,it seem'd he had loved them a whole summer long.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Lamia

42. “Fino a che una cosa non ci ammala, non la capiamo.”

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Author : John Keats

43. “I was too much in solitude, and consequently was obliged to be in continual burning of thought, as an only resource.”

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Author : John Keats

44. “There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in the rubbish.”

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Author : John Keats

45. “Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.”

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Author : John Keats

46. “Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thoughtAs doth eternity...”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Ode on a Grecian Urn and Other Poems

47. “Turn the key deftly in the oiled wards,And seal the hushed Casket of my Soul.”

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Author : John Keats

48. “Ay, in the very temple of Delight Veil'd Melancholy has her sovran shrine, Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue Can burst Joy's grape against his palate fine; His soul shall taste the sadness of her might, And be among her cloudy trophies hung.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems

49. “But when the melancholy fit shall fall Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud, That fosters the droop-headed flowers all, And hides the green hill in an April shroud; Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose, Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave, Or on the wealth of globed peonies; Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows, Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave, And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Ode on Melancholy

50. “Open wide the mind's cage-door,She'll dart forth, and cloudward soar.”

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Author : John Keats

51. “Souls of poets dead and gone, What Elysium have ye known,Happy field or mossy cavern, Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern?Have ye tippled drink more fine Than mine host's Canary wine?”Sweeter than those dainty piesOf venison? O generous food!Drest though bold Robin HoodWould, wit his maid Marian,Sup and bowse from horn and can“I have heard that on a dayMine host's sign-board flew away, Nobody knew whither, tillAn astrologer's old quillTo a sheepskin gave the story, Said he saw you in your glory,Underneath a new old signSipping beverage divine,And pledging with contented smackThe Mermaid in the Zodiac.”

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Author : John Keats

52. “I must choose between despair and Energy──I choose the latter.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Letters of John Keats

53. “Beauty is truth; truth beauty.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Ode on a Grecian Urn and Other Poems

54. “My chest of books divide amongst my friends--”

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Author : John Keats

55. “To SolitudeO Solitude! if I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,— Nature’s observatory—whence the dell, Its flowery slopes, its river’s crystal swell, May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep ’Mongst boughs pavillion’d, where the deer’s swift leap Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell. But though I’ll gladly trace these scenes with thee, Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind, Whose words are images of thoughts refin’d, Is my soul’s pleasure; and it sure must be Almost the highest bliss of human-kind, When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.”

Tags : Nature Poetry Solitude
Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems

56. “The same that oft-times hath charm'd magic casements, opening on the foam of perilous seas, in fairy lands forlorn.”

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Author : John Keats

57. “Bright StarBright star, would I were steadfast as thou art— Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors— No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever—or else swoon to death.”

Tags : Poetry
Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems

58. “To AutumnSeason of mists and mellow fruitfulness!Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;To bend with apples the moss'd cottage trees,And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems

59. “My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk”

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Author : John Keats

60. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever:Its loveliness increases;It will neverPass into nothingness.”

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Author : John Keats

61. “I have clung To nothing, lov’d a nothing, nothing seen Or felt but a great dream!”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Endymion: A Poetic Romance

62. “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination — What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth — whether it existed before or not — for I have the same Idea of all our Passions as of Love they are all in their sublime, creative of essential Beauty.”

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Author : John Keats

63. “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter: therefore, ye soft pipes, play on.”

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Author : John Keats

64. “That men, who might have tower'd in the vanOf all the congregated world, to fanAnd winnow from the coming step of timeAll chaff of custom, wipe away all slimeLeft by men-slugs and human serpentry,Have been content to let occasion die,Whilst they did sleep in love's Elysium.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Endymion: A Poetic Romance

65. “Call the world, if you please, "the Vale of Soul Making". Then you will find out the use of the world....There may be intelligences or sparks of the divinity in millions -- but they are not Souls till they acquire identities, till each one is personally itself.Intelligences are atoms of perception -- they know and they see and they are pure, in short they are God. How then are Souls to be made? How then are these sparks which are God to have identity given them -- so as ever to possess a bliss peculiar to each one's individual existence. How, but in the medium of a world like this?This point I sincerely wish to consider, because I think it a grander system of salvation than the Christian religion -- or rather it is a system of Spirit Creation...I can scarcely express what I but dimly perceive -- and yet I think I perceive it -- that you may judge the more clearly I will put it in the most homely form possible. I will call the world a school instituted for the purpose of teaching little children to read. I will call the human heart the hornbook used in that school. And I will call the child able to read, the soul made from that school and its hornbook.Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? A place where the heart must feel and suffer in a thousand diverse ways....As various as the lives of men are -- so various become their souls, and thus does God make individual beings, souls, identical souls of the sparks of his own essence.This appears to me a faint sketch of a system of salvation which does not affront our reason and humanity...”

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Author : John Keats

66. “Touch'd with miseriesShe seem'd at once, some penanced lady elf,Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self."- Lamia (John Keats)”

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Author : John Keats
Source : The Complete Poems of John Keats

67. “For axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Letters of John Keats

68. “No one can usurp the heights...But those to whom the miseries of the worldAre misery, and will not let them rest.”

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Author : John Keats

69. “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty.”

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Author : John Keats
Source : Ode on a Grecian Urn and Other Poems