A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
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.
There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.
Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
The Public - a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.
Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.
Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.