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Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. ...
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Related topics: Wisdom

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light
between the heart and the heavenly Father.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should
certain persons die before they sing.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy,
or opposing passion.
Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of
a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale -
my dreams become the substances of my life.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth,
will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity,
and end in loving himself better than all.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Language is the armory of the human mind,
and at once contains the trophies of its past and the
weapons of its future conquests.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Good and bad men are less than they seem.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs
this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Advice is like snow - the softer it falls,
the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship,
which illuminate only the track it has passed.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

General principles...
are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Greatness and goodness are not means,
but ends.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Brute animals have the vowel sounds;
man only can utter consonants.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talk of the devil, and his horns appear.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Christianity is not a theory or speculation,
but a life; not a philosophy of life,
but a life and a living process.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A mother is a mother still, The holiest thing alive.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Our own heart, and not other men's opinions form our true honor.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar,
in point of style.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Alas!
they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning
after we have committed them.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation;
but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment,
which constitutes poetic faith.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue
is but disguised selfishness.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friendship is a sheltering tree.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at
the same time a profound philosopher.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole.
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited;
genius,
being the action of reason or imagination,
rarely or never.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward;
it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the
good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No one does anything from a single motive.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Not one man in a thousand has the strength of mind
or the goodness of heart to be an atheist.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle,
without being at all acute; hence there is so much
humour and so little wit in their literature.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire
is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without children,
and what an inhuman world without the aged.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A man's as old as he's feeling.
A woman as old as she looks.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to
myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Until you understand a writer's ignorance,
presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess,
that itself will need reforming.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions -
the little,
soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile,
a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language;
the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose
to himself in the government of a nation,
are one, Security to possessors; two,
facility to acquirers; and three, hope to all.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely
definitions of prose and poetry;
that is,
prose = words in their best order; -
poetry = the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Reviewers are usually people who would have been,
poets, historians, biographer, if they could.
They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed;
therefore they turn critic.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket.
Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing.
Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection,
and trust more to the imagination than the memory.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream,
and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that
his soul had really been there,
and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake -
Aye,
what then?
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The common denominator for success is work.
- John D. Rockefeller

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are,
and doing things as they ought to be done.
- Josh Billings

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver


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