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Fear not for the future,
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Related topics: Wisdom

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley PHOTO

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley PHOTO

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred;
it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments
of the happiest and best minds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness
and vices of men that make it a necessary evil.
When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Music, when soft voices die Vibrates in the memory.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

We look before and after, And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

First our pleasures die - and then our hopes,
and then our fears - and when these are dead,
the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy.
Not because I care about their mood but because I know
they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed,
which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood
in unlearning the follies,
or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same
woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed;
such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky,
which through the summer is not heard or seen,
as if it could not be, as if it had not been!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight,
the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the
pleasure of pleasure itself.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Only nature knows how to justly proportion to the fault
the punishment it deserves.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The soul's joy lies in doing.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world,
and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew,
who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Death is the veil which those who live call life;
They sleep,
and it is lifted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Soul meets soul on lovers' lips.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The man of virtuous soul commands not,
nor obeys.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Concerning God, freewill and destiny:
Of all that earth has been or yet may be,
all that vain men imagine or believe,
or hope can paint or suffering may achieve,
we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings
to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively;
he must put himself in the place of another and of many others;
the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Change is certain.
Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return.
Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for
sadness but realities for awareness,
so that one may be happy in the interim.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may
be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid -
in which case all comment is superfluous -
or it is something formidable,
the very crux of the problem.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample,
are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any
which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life,
is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food,
which it devours in secret.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
- Paulo Coelho

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Where fear is, happiness is not.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic;
it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.
- Vannevar Bush

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Our actions are constrained by fear of reprisal,
but our dreams reveal our true character.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino


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